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Armed robbers steal millions from Ritz Paris hotel

Two suspected thieves are still on the run according to a police source Two suspected thieves are still on the run according to a police source
Charlie Simmons | 11 January, 2018, 09:31

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.

The gang of five men armed with hatchets smashed display windows on the ground floor of the hotel in Paris' luxurious Place Vendome around 6.30pm (1730 GMT), making off with the jewels.

"The attackers then used axes to smash open reinforced glass cases containing jewelley, while filling bags", according to a source at the famous hotel.

"We heard at least 10 rounds of gunfire so everyone dove behind the bar where we stayed there for about six minutes".

"One man wearing a ski mask ran right from the bar door to the front, right past my father".

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Some of the thieves were thought to have been armed with axes.

French TV station BFM reported some €4.7 million ($5.64 million) worth of jewels and other merchandise had been stolen.

The Ritz-Carlton is located in the 1st arrondissement and overlooks the Place Vendôme.

The five-star Ritz is one of the French capital's best-known hotels. It was at the Ritz that Diana, Princess of Wales, spent her last night in 1997 before the vehicle crash that killed her and her lover Dodi Fayed, son of the hotel's owner Mohammed al-Fayed.

The hotel, owned by Mohamed Al Fayed, reopened last year after four years of refurbishment work.

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