FASHION LAW: HARRY WINSTON IS A THIEF’S BEST FRIEND?
A Parisian court has doled out eight prison sentences to the thieves involved in two extraordinary thefts at the capital’s Harry Winston flagship in 2007 and 2008. A spokesman for Swatch Group, the fabled jewel house’s parent corporation, told WWD that the sentences ranged from nine months to 15 years in a trial that lasted four weeks.
In October 2007, four armed men broke into Harry Winston’s Avenue Montaigne store, making off with $25 million in stones. A year later, the same group — where three were dressed in women’s clothing — orchestrated another heist at the same site worth almost four times the previous one at $95 million.
The BBC reports that “in March 2011, police found $19m worth of jewelry from the 2008 heist stuffed in a drain in the Parisian suburb of Seine-Saint-Denis, but much of the loot has never been recovered.”
Investigators found a 31-carat diamond in that drain pipe by the home of Daoudi Yahiaoui, the chief organizer of the robberies and the recipient of the harshest sentence.
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