Ritz Paris robbery: Jewellery worth millions seized in armed heist
guard the hotel's rear entrance on Cambon
Armed robbers have seized millions of euros worth of
merchandise from a jewellery shop at the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris.
Five men armed with axes smashed a window at the shop
inside the hotel at about 18:00 local time (17:00 GMT), French media
Three men have been arrested, police said, while
others remain on the run.
It is not clear whether any of the loot, estimated to
be worth more than ?4m (ś3.5m), was recovered.
The luxurious five-star Ritz is located in Place
Vend“me, in Paris' historical first district on the right bank of the
river Seine. The ministry of justice lies next door.
The hotel includes a gallery shopping area near its
rear entrance, which it says hosts five shops and 95 "showcases",
selling jewellery, watches and luxury clothing.
is among the most luxurious hotels in Paris
Local newspaper Le Parisien, citing a police source,
reports that the robbery was interrupted by an officer on patrol, but
two people escaped on a motorised scooter.
The city's police commissioner issued a statement on
Twitter thanking officers for their quick reactions, which led to the
arrest of three men.
Interior Minister G‚rard Collomb also offered praise,
saying they were "a credit to our police".
Eyewitnesses reported a heavy police presence in the
One hotel employee told the AFP news agency: "We heard
a loud noise and lots of racket in the street".
"Passers-by took refuge in the hotel. We didn't know
what was going on until someone told us there had been a robbery."
Courtesy : BBC News
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