— Published 2 November 2023

Mongolian Olympic leader robbed in Seine-Saint-Denis

Nasty business. AFP reports that three men were arrested last week for stealing a bag belonging to the head of Mongolia’s Olympic delegation, who was visiting France last month for a security committee to prepare for the Paris 2024 Games. The bag in question contained jewellery – including two gold and diamond earrings – worth €570,000. The events date back to the morning of 11 October. They concern the President of the Mongolian Olympic Committee, Battushig Batbold, who has been an IOC member since 2020. The young entrepreneur (37) and his wife were on their way from Roissy airport to their hotel in a VTC when they were robbed in a tunnel in Saint-Denis, at the foot of the Stade de France. According to a police source, a scooter with two people on board approached the car. One of the thieves smashed a window and grabbed a bag from the back seat. Police officers from the Brigade de répression du banditisme (BRB) in charge of the investigation arrested three men, aged between 22 and 25, at their home in Saint-Denis on 25 October. The jewellery was not found during the searches, but the suspects’ phones contained numerous photos of the stolen items. Investigators linked the theft of jewellery and leather goods from two Saudi travellers to the same team, using the same modus operandi, on 2 October, with an estimated loss of 50,000 euros.