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Armed robbers seize jewellery worth millions from Ritz, Paris

Armed robbers seize jewellery worth millions from Ritz, Paris

In a real-life version of Ocean's Eleven, axe-wielding robbers heisted more than $5 million worth of jewelry from a store the Ritz Paris hotel on Wednesday.

Image: The robbery happened at the Ritz Hotel in Paris.

Three suspects have been detained and two others are on the run, the source said.

French media said the three were seasoned criminals, well known to police.

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 are still searching for the two missing suspects.

One eyewitness told Sky News: "My parents and I were sitting at the Hemingway Bar at the Ritz for a drink and we were about to leave when we heard shouting from the bartenders to get down".

Armed robbers seize jewellery worth millions from Ritz, Paris
Armed robbers seize jewellery worth millions from Ritz, Paris

A picture taken on October 18, 2011 in Paris shows the entrance of the Ritz hotel.

'There were initial fears that a terrorist attack was going on, but it soon became clear that it was a robbery.

The motorcyclist dropped a bag containing jewels and hatchets when his motorcycle hit a pedestrian during his escape.

GĂ©rard Collomb, the French interior minister, praised the police response following the arrests. It was the last place Princess Diana stayed before her fatal auto crash in a Paris tunnel, and hosts elite guests from around the world who prize the refined neighborhood.

Security had been boosted in the area, which also houses France's justice ministry, in 2014 after several daring armed raids on Place Vendome in which jewels worth between 420,000 and two million euros were seized.

The five-star residence, owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed, is no stranger to controversy.




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