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

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

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

As reported by the BBC, armed robbers stole millions of dollars worth of jewels from a store inside the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris early this morning.

A police office said that there were rich pickings for the daring thieves, adding: "World-famous jewellers display their jewellery at the Ritz".

A police spokesman said three suspects were arrested but two escaped following the robbery at about 6.30pm on Wednesday.

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

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

Interior Minister Gérard Collomb also offered praise, saying they were "a credit to our police".

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

The French TV station BFM said that 4.7 million euros (£4.16m) worth of jewels were taken. Three men were charged in connection with that heist. It remains unclear if any of the jewellery has been recovered.

The landmark Paris Ritz hotel re-opened its palatial doors to guests in 2016 after almost four years of renovations and a major fire.

The former home of fashion designer Coco Chanel and author Marcel Proust, the Ritz was a favourite drinking hole of American writer Ernest Hemingway.

It is known as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world with 159 rooms and re-opened in 2016 and it underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment.

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