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Robbers break into Geneva jail to steal cash

Most criminals would give anything to get out of jail, but two armed robbers in Switzerland decided Friday to turn that on its head, barging into a Geneva jail in broad daylight to steal cash.

The two black-clad men, one of them with a handgun, got into the Montfleury remand centre and made off with an undisclosed sum, said a Geneva police statement that did not provide further details.

The robbers escaped by motorbike across the nearby border with France, and Swiss authorities immediately alerted their French counterparts.

French police went in hot pursuit but lost track of them, later finding their abandoned motorbike.

No-one was injured during the raid on the jail, but the staff were left in shock, Geneva police said.

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Thieves ram car into Geneva watch boutique

Thieves rammed a car into the door of high-end watch company Zenith's store in the heart of Geneva Thursday and cleared out its display cases, the Swiss firm said.

Thieves ram car into Geneva watch boutique
Zenith watch boutique before the break-in. Photo: Zenith

Zenith, which belongs to French luxury conglomerate LVMH, said that the door of its boutique on Geneva's upscale Rue du Rhone was thought to have been rammed by a car shortly after 5am.

The thieves abandoned the car used to penetrate the store, a Renault Mégane stolen in Geneva, the Tribune de Genève reported.

Zenith spokeswoman Maud Tiberti told AFP that the thieves made off with 30 watches, but could not immediately provide a value for the haul.
   
The loss of the watches, coupled with the damage to the store, totalled one 
million francs ($1.1 million), she said.
   
Zenith opened the boutique in the chic shopping area in December 2011.

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