Well-dressed thieves stole $5.5 million from Paris jewelry store

Police were still searching Tuesday for the two men who held up the jeweler during the weekend on the Place Vendome, one of the most posh squares in Paris, the Associated Press reported.

The thieves wore suits, ties and gloves, looking like the perfect clients for the upscale jewelry house Fred. But their bouquet of flowers was armed with tear gas, and they escaped with $5.5 million worth of jewels, the AP reported. They walked into the jewelry shop late Saturday morning, police said. One disabled the guard with the tear gas while the other produced a hammer and smashed two glass cases of jewelry, according to the police account.

Two to three salespersons were in the shop at the time, along with two clients, the AP reported. No one was reported injured.

The thieves walked out of the store with a diamond necklace, a diamond bracelet and a diamond broach and seven rings, the AP reported. Police put the value of the jewels at $5.5 million.

The bouquet and tear gas canister were later found in a stolen Fiat Uno abandoned 200 yards from the store, police reportedly said.