Robbers seize jewels worth 4 million euros from Paris' Ritz

Overnight clean-up Guests prize the hotel’s usually refined environment

Overnight clean-up Guests prize the hotel’s usually refined environment

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not able to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation, said the pedestrian was slightly injured.

All of the jewels looted in a multi-million-euro robbery at the Ritz hotel in Paris have been recovered, a source close to the case said Thursday, as a police hunt for two of the robbers continued.

Three men were arrested as they tried to flee by the way they came in with bags of gems and watches worth over 4 million euros ($4.8 million) but came up against locked doors.

Three perpetrators "entered by the service entrance, smashed the jewellery stands, grabbed jewels that were clearly expensive with the help of axes", the police union's Jean-Michel Huguet said.

Three men, all aged around 30, were arrested moments after the alarms sounded after security guards trapped them in the building.

Police managed to arrest three of the thieves at the scene but two escaped using a motorcycle and vehicle.

French police said on Thursday the jewels stolen by the axe-wielding robbers were found in a bag dropped by one of the two robbers from the five-strong gang who managed to escape the scene of the crime.

Other jewels were found scattered amid the debris of the shattered display cases during overnight clean-up efforts, the official told The Associated Press.

Two people inside the hotel hid from the thieves and alerted police, the official said.

Patrons at the hotel's renowned Hemingway bar described panic as the thieves entered the hushed environment of the Ritz, where rooms start at £885 (1,000 euro) a night.

And in October 2016, reality television celebrity Kim Kardashian was the victim of a robbery just 10 minutes walk from the Ritz, in which millions of pounds worth of jewellery was stolen from her.

The Ritz was an especially luxurious target.

Witnesses at the hotel's Hemingway Bar saw the robbery unfold.

Princess Diana had dined in the hotel's Imperial Suite on August 31, 1997, shortly before her tragic death in a vehicle crash in Paris.

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