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Audacious heist at Paris hotel baffles police

January 12, 2018

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PARIS: Paris police on Thursday recovered most of the jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a dramatic heist, but are still searching for two thieves and any remaining missing luxury merchandise.

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

Three perpetrators “ente­red by the service entrance, smashed the jewellery stands, grabbed jewels that were clearly expensive with the help of axes,” said Jean-Michel Huguet of police union Alliance Police Nationale.

They seized watches from display cases holding wares from Rolex and Piaget, and then targeted the Reza jewellery boutique inside the hotel. The overall value of the jewels on display was estimated at about $5.4m.

A judicial official said on Thursday that most of the jewels appeared to have been recovered. Authorities were working with the jewellers to determine if any items are still missing and their value, according to the official.

Published in Dawn, January 12th, 2018

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