Thieves raid jewelry boutique at the Ritz in Paris
By Elaine Ganley and Angela Charlton | Associated Press
PARIS — Armed thieves entered the luxury Ritz Hotel and stole valuable jewels and other goods from a hotel boutique Wednesday, carrying out an unusually brazen heist in one of the world’s most prestigious neighborhoods.
Three suspects were quickly arrested near the chic Place Vendome in central Paris, but at least two others got away, a police official said.
The thieves appeared to have entered through a side street entrance on rue Cambon, smashed display cases in the Reza jewelry store and possibly others and took valuables, one of the officials told The Associated Press.
A woman leaving the Ritz after the robbery described drinking a cocktail in the hotel’s Hemingway Bar when “total panic” broke out.
The area of the city is considered well-secured, with police routinely patrolling the Place Vendome, which is home to the Justice Ministry and luxury stores in addition to the Ritz.