Published: Thu, January 11, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

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

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

A judicial source put the value of the jewels seized at "more than four million euros" ($4.75 million).

Three people were arrested after the heist on the chic Place Vendome in central Paris, but police said at least two others escaped after the Wednesday evening robbery.

French police said five thieves, some of them armed, entered the luxury hotel and stole goods worth "an important sum".

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No one was injured in the robbery at the five-star hotel but terrified guests were told "get down" as shots rang out.

Several luxury brands display their jewels in the Ritz, famous as a hangout of Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway as well as for being the hotel where Britain's Princess Diana stayed before her death in a vehicle crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997. The other made his getaway on a motorbike, dropping a bag of jewels in the process.

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

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

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

It remains unclear if any of the jewelry has been recovered.

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

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