Armed thieves broke into the Apple Store in the Opera district of Paris on New Year's Eve, and made off with product inventory worth more than a million euros (a little over £800,000).

The thieves may have thought the night was a good one to stage a robbery because of the extra burdens placed on the emergency services elsewhere. But as the Telegraph reports, New Year's Eve actually saw extra riot police brought into the city to handle the celebrating crowds.

A source commented: "A police presence is put in place every New Year's near the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero and Champs-Elyséees, but that doesn't intervene at all with the regular security on duty in other parts of Paris."

In any case, the group of four of five robbers were able to overpower a janitor who was leaving the store three hours after it closed - the janitor was said to be "lightly injured" - open up the stock boxes, load a truck with their haul and escape into the large, open boulevards behind the Palais Garnier, all within 40 minutes.