8 convicted over Harry Winston jewel heists in Paris

AP News
Posted: Feb 28, 2015 10:03 AM

PARIS (AP) — A defense lawyer says eight people have been convicted in connection with a spectacular 2008 holdup at a Harry Winston jewelry shop in Paris in which three cross-dressing gunmen stole some $92 million in loot.

Lawyer Philippe Stepniewski said Saturday that sentences ranged from nine months to 15 years in prison — with the heaviest penalty handed to Douadi Yahiaoui, a 50-year-old repeat offender and alleged ringleader.

In the robbery, the gunmen wore silky wigs and skirts and took less than 20 minutes to steal hundreds of jewelry pieces and watches.

The eight were convicted late Friday on charges including armed robbery over the heist and another a year earlier at the same store. That time, the thieves dressed as building painters.

Many of the jewels have not been found.