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Witness describes 'total panic' as armed jewel thieves storm the Ritz in Paris

Witness describes 'total panic' as armed jewel thieves storm the Ritz in Paris
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January 11
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A woman has described the ‘total panic’ as armed jewel thieves stormed the Ritz Hotel in Paris.

Men, reportedly armed with handhuns and hatchets, entered the luxury Ritz Hotel and stole valuable jewels and other goods from a hotel boutique last night in 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 and are on the run, 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 said.

Reza is among several elite shops in the five-star Hotel Ritz, where rooms start at 1,000 euros (Just under £900) a night.

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