Skip to comments.EU: Paris hit by wave of street muggings and grave robberies
Posted on 12/09/2012 10:52:19 PM PST by bruinbirdman
Austerity-struck Paris has been hit by a wave of street muggings and grave robberies with thieves prepared to exhume bodies to steal gold and jewellery.
Last week, police in the French capital arrested three people as part of a widening grave robbery investigation.
There was further public outrage after two masked intruders shot dead a 52-year old precious metal worker when he tried to stop them stealing gold from his foundry in the chic central Parisian district of Le Marais.
Police said sky-high market prices for precious metals are acting as a magnet for thieves with scant regard for the living or the dead.
In Pantin cemetery, in the north of Paris, dozens of bodies have recently been dug up, with gold teeth and jewellery stolen from them.
Police sources said the three men seized last week were gravediggers employed by the city's cemeteries.
Last month, four other men three from the same Pantin cemetery were arrested and placed under investigation for aggravated theft, grave robbery and violating the integrity of a corpse.
According to a source close to the investigation, the men removed personal belongings from corpses in the freshest graves, opening them in the dead of night.
Two of the men were caught wearing miner's helmets and gloves. Their boots were covered in fresh earth.
One of the suspects was found to be carrying 10 gold teeth.
After the initial arrests, the mayor of Paris, Bernard Delanoe, expressed his outrage and ordered the city authorities to step up surveillance of cemeteries.
Home to a million graves, Pantin cemetery
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The French are a miracle!
Must'a been immagrant Amish ... Presbyterian Amish.
Abammy’s peeps, frontin civilization.
Oh but there are no gun shootings in socialist Euro countries. Guns are highly restricted or banned. Except to criminals willing to get them illegally of course, so once again, when guns are banned to the general populace, only the criminals have guns.
Why would anyone want to be buried wearing anything valuable? The only thing we buried my Dad with was a suit of clothes. He actually wanted any gold in his teeth to be removed, but we didn’t bother to have that done. Perhaps if grave robbing were a problem in Texas, we would have had all dental gold removed.
I want to be buried with a landmine.
Gives a new meaning to the term “Gold Digger”. ;-)
I like it.