Some jewels found after Paris Ritz heist

Some jewels found after Paris Ritz heist

Paris police have recovered some jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a dramatic heist, but were still searching Thursday for two thieves and the rest of the missing luxury merchandise.

In December, a man was able to substitute two diamonds and two rings worth 5.5 million euros in a jewellery store replacing them with fakes. The three inside were then blocked when they tried to flee through another door, the official said. 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 three arrested men, all around 30 years old, are from the Seine-Saint-Denis area north of Paris, and are "well known to the police for armed robbery, violence and receiving stolen goods", a source close to the inquiry said.

The accomplices outside fled, one on a motorcycle and another in a vehicle - which French media reported was found burnt out in Val-d'Oise, about 30 kilometres north of Paris.

The motorcyclist, however, dropped one satchel of the loot after hitting a pedestrian who was attempting to flee the scene.

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Police say some of the jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in Paris have been found but that two thieves are still on the run.

The robbery raised questions about security in one of the world's most prestigious neighborhoods, the Place Vendome, whose well-guarded buildings include the Justice Ministry, high-end boutiques and the 19th century Ritz.

Several luxury brands display their jewels in the storied Ritz, famous as the lodging of choice for Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway as well as Britain's Princess Diana, who stayed there before her death in a auto crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997. The hotel has housed such famous names as Ernest Hemingway and Coco Chanel.

BUMBLING robbers who stole £4 million worth of gems from the Ritz Hotel in Paris lost their entire haul - after one of the crooks dropped them in the street.

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