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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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Fake police ring nabbed in western Switzerland

Swiss police have arrested a gang of fake officers who stole tens of thousands of dollars from tourists in the Lake Geneva area this summer.

Fake police ring nabbed in western Switzerland
An aerial view of Geneva. Photo: Wikipedia

The gang, made up mainly of Romanian nationals, had been posing as officers in some of the top tourist spots in Geneva and neighbouring Vaud, police said on Friday.

The set-up was always the same: a plain-clothed member of the gang would ask an unsuspecting tourist for directions, only to be interrupted by two accomplices wearing police uniforms demanding to see his and the tourist's identification.

With the tourist's wallet in hand, the phony officers discretely pocketed the cash inside.

Police said they had arrested seven members of the gang, which worked in two teams believed to be behind some 30 such cases in Geneva and five in Vaud in the past six weeks.

Victims said the gang had made off with nearly $35,000 (€26,000) in cash.

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