Ritz hotel robbery: Armed thieves steal jewellery worth millions in Paris

Pauline Gross
January 11, 2018

A police spokesman said that no one was injured in the robbery at about 6.30pm on Wednesday.

Authorities have said that the thieves smashed the windows of the hotel, took the jewels, and attempted to flee the scene.

Three suspects have been arrested and two others are on the run.

TV station BFM said the jewels were worth €4.7m (£4.16m).

The publication is reporting that three of the five men have been arrested, though it is unclear as to whether the jewels have been recovered.

Two people were inside the store at the time and alerted police.

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One hotel employee told the AFP news agency: "We heard a loud noise and lots of racket in the street".

"World famous jewellers display their jewellery at the Ritz", a police source said.

The loot is estimated to be worth more than $5.38 million.

Coco Chanel lived there for more than 30 years while Marcel Proust, F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and King Edward VII were regulars.

In more recent history however, the Ritz has become known as the place where Britain's Princess Diana spent her last hours before a vehicle accident in a tunnel in the French capital while being pursued by paparazzi.

Princess Diana had dined in the hotel's Imperial Suite on August 31, 1997, shortly before her tragic death in a auto crash in Paris.

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