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Ritz hotel robbery: Armed thieves steal jewellery worth millions in Paris

Ritz hotel robbery: Armed thieves steal jewellery worth millions in Paris

As reported by the BBC, armed robbers stole millions of dollars worth of jewels from a store inside the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris early this morning. The Paris police announced the information on its official Twitter, adding that two other suspects are still on the run.

The axe-wielding thieves made off with the jewels after smashing glass display cases at the world-famous hotel in the French capital, police said.

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

It remains unclear if any of the jewelry has been recovered.

The luxurious five-star Ritz is located in Place Vendôme, in Paris' historical first district on the right bank of the river Seine.

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Place Vendome, with its opulent window displays, has been the scene of several audacious daytime raids. It has a shopping gallery selling designer clothes and jewellery.

One hotel employee told the AFP news agency: "We heard a loud noise and lots of racket in the street".

Local newspaper Le Parisien, citing a police source, said that the robbery was interrupted by an officer on patrol, but two people escaped on a motorised scooter.

Princess Diana famously dined at the hotel with Dodi al Fayed before they both died in a tragic auto accident in the Pont de l'Alma underpass.