Burglars Crash Car Into Louis Vuitton Store in France, Steal Handbags

For the second time this year, thieves rammed a car into the doors of a French Louis Vuitton store on Wednesday to steal designer handbags and other valuables, according to the police. In January, a gang broke into the upscale store in the heart of Lille, northeastern France, and stole the majority of the merchandise.

The early burglary on Wednesday involved robbers dodging bollards that had been erected on the sidewalk in front of the iconic Art Deco building to stop a recurrence of the smash-and-grab operation from January.

The automobile “crashed into the facade,” a police source said to AFP, declining to speculate on how much money the company, owned by France’s richest man, Bernard Arnault, lost as a result.

Martine Aubry, the mayor of Lille, told AFP that the city will erect new barriers in front of the property to protect it and that building management was also thinking about putting up a barrier inside the structure.