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Armed robbers hit Apple store in Paris, reportedly steal $1.3 million in goods

PARIS -- Masked and armed robbers used the New Year's Eve revelry as cover to rob the flagship Apple store in Paris.

The French press reported that up to €1 million ($1.3 million) in goods were stolen at the store behind the Paris Opera house, a figure police would not immediately confirm.

Police said Tuesday the robbery occurred about 9 p.m. Monday, three hours after closing, while police were deployed around the famed Champs-Elysees Avenue where revelers traditionally gather on New Year's Eve.

Christophe Crepin of the Unsa police union said the "well prepared" operation was carried out by four masked and armed individuals.

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The daily Le Parisien reported the thieves entered the store by threatening a security guard at a back entrance. 

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