Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Million Euro jewels stolen in armed raid on Ritz Hotel in Paris

Two suspected thieves are still on the run according to a police source Two suspected thieves are still on the run according to a police source
Sammy Stanley | 11 January, 2018, 06:12

A gang of five robbers armed with hatchets launched a spectacular raid on the world famous Ritz hotel in Paris Wednesday, making off with an estimated four million euros worth of jewels, investigators said.

Princess Diana famously dined at the hotel with Dodi al Fayed before they both died in a tragic vehicle accident in the Pont de l'Alma underpass.

The city's police commissioner issued a statement on Twitter thanking officers for their quick reactions, which led to the arrest of three men.

Another employee said he saw a motorbike speed along a road at the back of the hotel after the break-in.

Paris prosecutors have opened a probe into the robbery, according to a judicial source.

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

Armed heists targeting jewellery stores are not uncommon in the ultra chic avenues near Place Vendome square in central Paris where the Ritz is located. Three men were charged in connection with that heist. It remains unclear if any of the jewellery has been recovered.

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

The five-star Ritz is one of the French capital's best-known hotels.

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