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Thieves steal €4.2 million worth of jewels in Paris Ritz Hotel heist

Thieves steal €4.2 million worth of jewels in Paris Ritz Hotel heist

ARMED robbers brandishing axes stormed a luxury Paris hotel to make off with £4 million worth of jewellery.

Three axe-wielding thieves carried out the brazen robbery late on Wednesday at the ultra-chic hotel on the city centre's Place Vendome, next to the Justice Ministry.

The suspects inside threw bags of goods out of a window to at least two accomplices outside, according to a police official.

Three of the gang were detained while fleeing the scene and an AFP journalist said some roads around the hotel were sealed off by security forces following the incident.

Two people were inside the store at the time and alerted police.

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"We heard shouting and screaming from right outside the door".

Wednesday's robbery took place a year and half after the hotel re-opened its palatial doors to guests after almost four years of renovations and a massive fire.

No one was injured in the robbery at the five-star hotel but terrified guests were told "get down" as shots rang out. Interior Minister Gérard Collomb also thanked the officers, saying the capture of the three men was "a credit to our police", the BBC reported.

The motorcyclist dropped a bag with jewels and hatchets when his motorcycle hit a pedestrian during his escape. It was at the Paris Ritz that Diana, Princess of Wales, dined with Fayed's son, Dodi, the night before they died in a auto crash in August 1997.

It was at the Ritz that Diana, Princess of Wales, spent her last night in 1997 before the auto crash that killed her and her lover Dodi Fayed, son of the hotel's owner Mohammed al-Fayed. In 2016, two armed thieves stole over €6 million worth of jewellery from the store Chopard in Place Vendôme.


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