All jewels stolen in brazen Paris Ritz robbery recovered

All jewels stolen in brazen Paris Ritz robbery recovered

French police said on Thursday (Jan 11) they had recovered some of the jewels worth millions of euros looted from the Ritz hotel in Paris, but a manhunt continues for two of the robbers behind the latest in a series of daring heists in France.

Three axe-wielding thieves carried out the brazen robbery last week at the ultra-chic hotel on the city centre's Place Vendome.

Workers cleaned up shattered glass Thursday morning and started to fix damage from the robbery in one of the world's most prestigious neighborhoods.

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

One of the two accomplices escaped in a auto that was found abandoned north of Paris.

The motorcyclist, however, dropped one satchel after hitting a pedestrian in a melee fleeing the scene.

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

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The stolen merchandise is worth at least 4.5 million euros ($5.4 million), according to French media.

Three of the gang were detained at the scene but two remained at large as of Thursday evening, a police source 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.

Several high-end Paris jewelry stores have been targets of dramatic robberies in recent years, including Cartier, Harry Winston and Chopard.

Kim Kardashian West said she lost millions of dollars worth of jewellery when she was robbed at gunpoint in a Paris apartment in October 2016.

The hotel's management has declined to comment on the robbery.

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

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