The raid happened after-hours on December 31 at around 9 p.m. local time as large crowds assembled on the nearby Champs-Élysées for New Year celebrations, a moment police believe was chosen to mask the robbery.
One member of the store’s sales team was injured as four robbers loaded the store’s stock into waiting vans before leaving the scene.
“They were well prepared,” said police union spokesperson, Christophe Crepin in a translated statement. “As the majority of police were busy watching the Champs Elysees, the robbers took advantage of this opportunity.”
The exact value of the stock taken has not been confirmed but it now believed to be over €1 million. Police have a CC TV video of the raid to begin an investigation.
Armed raids on Apple stores are extremely rare, and for France this sort of organised attack represents a first.