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Paris robber goes on hold-up spree wearing electronic tag

© AFP - Denis Charlet, archive picture of an electronic tag

Text by Tony TODD

Latest update : 2014-08-12

A convicted criminal serving a suspended sentence was charged Monday with 16 armed robberies in Paris, all of which were carried out while he was wearing an electronic monitoring tag on his ankle.

The daytime robberies – the unnamed man was obliged to observe a court-imposed nighttime curfew – took place across western Paris over a period of three months.

The 27-year-old threatened staff with a handgun (which turned out to be a replica) before making off with cash and drugs on a stolen 600cc scooter.

Paris law enforcement authorities told FRANCE 24 the man was “very well-known” to police and that he had observed his court-imposed nighttime curfew after holding up shops and pharmacies, where he forced staff to hand over cash and drugs.

He was eventually caught, police said, because he followed the same routine and always used the same scooter.

“Officers watched him changing the number plate and tracked the scooter,” the police spokesman said.

The robber, who had received a three-year prison sentence for armed robbery with two years suspended in 2013, was arrested after a car chase through central Paris.

He was found carrying the replica pistol, a tear gas canister, and his electronic tag around his ankle.

Date created : 2014-08-12

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