Armed robbers raid Ritz hotel in Paris stealing jewellery worth 'millions'

Frederick Owens
January 11, 2018

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.

French police said that five thieves, some of them armed, entered the luxury hotel and stole goods worth "an important sum". Three were arrested while two others got away.

"We heard shouting and screaming from right outside the door". "Passers-by took refuge in the hotel".

Some roads around the hotel were sealed off by security forces following the incident.

"World famous jewellers display their jewellery at the Ritz", a police spokesman told Sky News.

Armed robbers steal millions from Ritz Paris hotel

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

Another put the figure at 4.5 million euros ($NZ7.5 million), but said that a bag had been recovered possibly containing some of the loot.

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

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

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.

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