Part of pillage is recovered during detention of three supposes and more is found in bag dropped by one of two men still at large
French police have recovered some of the ornaments worth an estimated EUR4m( PS3. 5m) that were looted from the Ritz hotel in central Paris on Wednesday night, a police informant has told AFP, as men hunt for two thieves who remain on the run.
A gang of five masked men forearmed with axes and bayonets smashed the presentation windows of jewellery stores on the first floor of the hotel on rue Cambon, near the Place Vendome, at about 6.30 pm( 5.30 pm GMT ).
” A part of the pillage was recovered scattered about during the arrest of three of the suspicious raiders ,” the police root said, referring to the men incarcerated following the end of the heist.
More pearls and watches were found in a purse declined by one of the two suspects still at large, contributed the source, who could not dedicate an estimate for the value of the goods retrieved.
Place Vendome, residence to some of Paris’s top jewellers and high-end watchmakers, has been the scene of several presumptuous daytime raids in recent years.
Three of the raiders, who were wearing gauntlets and balaclavas and carrying handguns as well as tomahawks, entered the inn from the back and crushed the showing windows, is in accordance with two police sources. They tried to escape out of the back but acquired the doors blocked and tried to transfer the pillage through a space to two helpers waiting outside.
One of the two helpers fled by car. The other drew his getaway on a motorbike, descending a bag of ornaments in the process. The total ethic of the loot assessed at EUR4m, a legal generator close to the example told AFP.
Gerard Collomb, the French home minister, praised the police response following the arrests.” Armed burglary at the Ritz: three of the presumed thieves already arrested by police from the 2nd arrondissement. Their talk froid, their professionalism and their speedy actions do the police force 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 auto accident in August 1997.
Security was stepped up in and around Place Vendome in 2014 after a series of stealings on luxury patronizes and jewellers in the square, which is also home to France’s Ministry of Justice.
In October 2016, jewellery importance EUR1 0m was stolen from the American reality TV wizard Kim Kardashian in Paris. Five guys, some wearing jackets with police insignia, nursed her at gunpoint, moving off with various bits of gold and diamond jewellery.
Wednesday’s robbery comes 18 months after the Ritz reopened to guests after practically four years of redevelopments and a major fire.
Agence France-Presse contributed to this report