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Paris police hunt for scent of perfume thieves

AFP/The Local · 28 Nov 2013, 17:32

Published: 28 Nov 2013 17:32 GMT+01:00

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Police are sniffing out thieves who hijacked a lorry transporting Rochas perfumes in the latest in a spate of robberies targeting upmarket French fragrances.

Posh beauty products valued at tens of thousands of euros are expected to resurface on the pre-Christmas black market following the hold-up on Wednesday evening outside a Rochas production centre in the west of Paris.

The driver, who was attacked with tear gas and a stun gun, was found tied up on the road at the scene, and the partially emptied lorry was discovered in a nearby forest.

Thieves recently carried out a similar operation against a lorry carrying Guerlain perfumes in the same area and in June 2012 more than €2 million ($2.7 million) worth of the company's upmarket products were stolen from its factory at Orphin, also in the western suburbs of Paris.

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"The way they were carried out is similar but it is too early to say if they were all the work of one gang," a police source told AFP

AFP/The Local (ben.mcpartland@thelocal.com)

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