Man on scooter steals jewelry worth $2.36 million from upmarket Paris jeweller, search launched

Paris police are searching for a man who stole more than $2.36 million worth of jewelry and precious stones from an upmarket jeweller.

The man, thought to be in his 50s or 60s, arrived at and left the Chaumet boutique on a stand-up scooter on Tuesday afternoon.

He drew a weapon and threatened to set off a bomb he said had been planted in the store, police say.

The outlet is in an affluent area of the city near the Champs-Elysées area.

Surveillance footage captured showed a man entering the shop wearing light-grey suit and a facemask.

Police say he forced employees to hand over the jewellery and stones, as well as keys to the shop, before locking the staff in as he left.

No violence was used.

Chaumet is a Paris-based high-end jeweller with outlets around the world.