Part of pillage is recovered during stoppage of three doubts and more is currently in suitcase has decreased by one of two men still at large
French police have recovered some of the jewels worth an estimated EUR4m( PS3. 5m) “thats been” looted from the Ritz hotel in central Paris on Wednesday night, a police root has told AFP, as men hunt for two thieves who remain on the run.
A gang of five masked men armed with axes and bayonets crushed the showing windows of jewellery stores on the ground floor of the hotel on rue Cambon, near the Place Vendome, at about 6.30 pm( 5.30 pm GMT ).
” A part of the loot was recovered sown about during the arrest of three of the suspected raiders ,” the police beginning said, referring to the men detained immediately after the heist.
More gems and watches were found in a pocket dropped by one of the two suspects still at large, added the source, who could not generate an estimate for the importance of ensuring the goods retrieved.
Place Vendome, home to some of Paris’s top jewellers and high-end watchmakers, has been the stage of several brash daytime attacks in recent years.
Three of the raiders, who were wearing gloves and balaclavas and carrying handguns as well as hatchets, had participated in the hotel from the back and crushed the expose windows, according to two police sources. They tried to escape out of the back but noted the doors obstructed and tried to transfer the plunder through a window to two helpers waiting outside.
One of the two accomplices fled by automobile. The other stirred his getaway on a motorbike, discontinuing a luggage of gems in the process. The total price of the pillage was estimated at EUR4m, a law informant close to the example told AFP.
Gerard Collomb, the French interior minister, praised the police response following the arrests.” Armed theft at the Ritz: three of the presumed thieves already arrested by police from the 2nd arrondissement. Their talk froid, their professionalism and their quick reactions do the security forces proud. I am grateful to them ,” Collomb tweeted.
The Ritz is owned by the Egyptian entrepreneur Mohamed Al Fayed. It was at the Paris Ritz that Diana, Princess of Wales, dined with Fayed’s son, Dodi, the darknes before they died in a vehicle crash in August 1997.
Security was stepped up in and around Place Vendome in 2014 after a series of steals on luxury stores and jewellers in the square, which is also dwelling to France’s Ministry of Justice.
In October 2016, jewellery value EUR1 0m was stolen from the American world TV starring Kim Kardashian in Paris. Five humanities, some wearing casings with police insignia, regarded her at gunpoint, stimulating off with various segments of amber and diamond jewellery.
Wednesday’s robbery comes 18 several months after the Ritz reopened to guests after nearly four years of renovations and a major fire.
Agence France-Presse contributed to this report