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Hatchet-wielding raiders steal jewellery worth millions from Ritz Hotel in Paris

A general view of the scene after axe-wielding robbers stole jewelry on Wednesday from a store in the famed Ritz Paris hotel in Paris France Hatchet-wielding raiders steal jewellery worth millions from Ritz Hotel in Paris
Lisa Bryan | 11 January, 2018, 09:30

Authorities have said that the thieves smashed the windows of the hotel, took the jewels, and attempted to flee the scene.

The jewels stolen are thought to be worth up to €4.7 million.

Three suspects have been arrested by the police for the armed robbery.

The city's police commissioner issued a statement on Twitter thanking officers for their quick reactions, which led to the arrest of three men.

Police would not confirm reports that the jewels were stolen from a hotel shop or that the robbers were armed with hatchets.


The 18th century private mansion was opened as a hotel in 1889 by the Swiss hotelier César Ritz, whose obsession with style and luxury led to the creation of a new English word, "ritzy".

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

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

The Ritz was an especially luxurious target.

The landmark Paris Ritz hotel re-opened its palatial doors to guests in 2016 after almost four years of renovations and a major fire. 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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