Paris Thieves Steal More Than $5 Million In Jewels From Ritz Hotel

Oscar Cross
January 14, 2018

Armed thieves stole precious stones for millions of euros from a jeweler's shop in Paris's Ritz Hotel, all media world news reported.

Police stand in rue Cambon at the back entrance of the Ritz luxury hotel in Paris on January 10, 2018, after an armed robbery.

The estimated value of the theft is reported to be at least £3.5 million, according to French police sources.

The Guardian says the arrested men are "well known to police".

The axe-wielding thieves made off with the jewels after smashing glass display cases at the world-famous hotel in the French capital, police said.

The three inside were then blocked by police officers when they tried to flee through another door, and quickly arrested, the official said. "We didn't know what was going on until someone told us there had been a robbery".

Armed heists targeting jewelry stores are actually fairly common in the area in which the luxurious five-star hotel is located: in Place Vendôme, historical first district, right on the bank of the river Seine and next door to the ministry of justices. The 19th century hotel, which reopened in 2016 after a four-year renovation, has housed such famous names as Ernest Hemingway and Coco Chanel.

Some guests took refuge in the basement while the attackers, who were wearing ski masks and sports clothes, carried out the dramatic robbery.

It was at the Ritz that Diana, Princess of Wales, spent her last night in 1997 before the vehicle crash that killed her and her lover Dodi Fayed, al-Fayed's son.

Its retail gallery boasts several jewellers' as well as designer goods shops. It was the last place Princess Diana stayed before her fatal auto crash and hosts elite guests from around the world who prize the refined neighborhood.

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