Ritz Paris robbery: Jewellery worth millions seized in armed heist
11 January, 2018, 09:27 | Author: Brenda Erickson
The five men smashed windows at the famous Ritz-Carlton hotel to steal the goods with two suspects now being hunted by cops after they fled on scooters.
No one was injured in the raid on the opulent hotel, in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, police have confirmed.
But thieves struck again in March 2016, when an estimated six million euros worth of jewels were stolen from luxury fashion brand Chopard by robbers who threatened employees with a gun and grenade.
Three men were arrested as the robbery was interrupted by police officers on patrol, while the other two escaped on a scooter, police said.
Speaking to Sky News, a witness said they heard gunfire and recalled seeing a man wearing a ski mask and carrying an axe.
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It is not uncommon for world-famous jewellers to display their jewels in the Ritz hotel in Paris.
Coco Chanel lived there for more than 30 years while Marcel Proust, F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and King Edward VII were regulars.
The five-star Ritz is one of the French capital's best-known hotels.
The hotel was bought in 1979 by Mohamed Al-Fayed, whose son Dodi was also killed in the fatal crash.
Princess Diana famously dined at the hotel with Dodi al Fayed before they both died in a tragic vehicle accident in the Pont de l'Alma underpass.
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