Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme has accidentally assisted in a jewellery thief’s getaway.

The Belgian actor, known for martial arts films like Bloodsport and Kickboxer, caused a stir among fans in Paris near the Champs-Élysées.

However, as a crowd flocked around the celebrity, just down the road a jewellery thief was allegedly making his getaway with a haul worth almost £2.6 million.

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Two suspects were later arrested after the thief fled on an e-scooter with jewels worth between €2m and €3m (£1.7 million and £2.6 million).

The Guardian reported that a “substantial part” of the thief’s loot had been recovered by police.

The thief is said to have been armed and to have threatened staff at the Chaumet store.

A criminal investigation is currently ongoing, with the two suspects reportedly born in 1967 and 1977, according to French police.