Robbery at the Ritz: Paris police hunt for jewel thieves

The Ritz Hotel in Paris has formerly housed famed guests such as Ernest Hemingway Coco Chanel and Princess Diana

The Ritz Hotel in Paris has formerly housed famed guests such as Ernest Hemingway Coco Chanel and Princess Diana

The motorcyclist dropped a bag containing jewels and hatchets when his motorcycle hit a pedestrian during his escape.

In October 2016, USA reality TV star Kim Kardashian was the target of one of the biggest heists in recent years while attending Paris Fashion Week.

But the plot began to unravel as soon as they attempted to make their getaway, with three men arrested when they came up against locked doors as they tried to flee out the back of the building.

French authorities have recovered all the jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in Paris during a dramatic heist, but are still searching for two thieves who got away.

The getaway vehicle was found about 20km north of Paris in an area where the three arrested came from.

Three of the gang were detained at the scene but two remained at large as of Thursday evening, a police source said.

The luxurious five-star hotel is located in Place Vendôme, in Paris's historical first district on the right bank of the river Seine.

Three of the thieves went into the hotel armed with small axes.

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Hemingway famously "liberated" the bar after arriving in Parison a tank at the end of the German Occupation in 1944.

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, al-Fayed's son.

The hotel, opened in 1898, has been owned by Egyptian billionaire Mohamed Al-Fayed since 1979.

Its retail gallery boasts several jewellers' as well as designer goods shops.

The heist took place about 6:30 p.m. Over the last few years police have kept a permanent presence in the area, but that has not deterred potential robbers.

The overall value of the jewels on display was about £3.9 million (4.5 million euros) with authorities still working to determine how many items are missing and their value.

And in October 2016, Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint inside her room at a luxury private mansion in Paris by a gang of men disguised as police officers.

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