'All jewels from Paris Ritz heist recovered'

'All jewels from Paris Ritz heist recovered'

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.

The overall value of the jewels on display was estimated at about 4.5 million euros ($6.8 million). Interior Minister Gérard Collomb also thanked the officers, saying the capture of the three men was "a credit to our police", the BBC reported.

Three of the thieves were arrested soon after the Wednesday evening robbery in the chic, well-policed neighborhood of central Paris.

Axe-wielding raiders entered the hotel through an unmarked side door, smashed display cases and threw bags of goods out of a window to at least two accomplices outside, say police.

Unlike the action movie, three of the five thieves were quickly caught and arrested by police the same day.

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 Ritz was the former home of legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel and a favorite drinking spot for American writer Ernest Hemingway.

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The hotel first opened in 1898 and was the first Paris hotel to boast electricity on all floors and bathrooms that were inside rooms.

The hotel's management has declined to comment on the robbery.

But the audacious strike at one of Paris's most glamorous hotels could cast a cloud over the Ritz's image.

France has found itself repeatedly in the headlines for high-profile robberies, particularly in Paris and on the Riviera. In 2014, armed raids on the Place Vendome saw jewels worth hundreds of thousands of euros were stolen. As the men fled the scene, one of them hit and slightly injured a pedestrian.

Five men held Kardashian at gunpoint in the luxury apartment where she was staying, making off with a diamond ring and other jewellery valued in total at nine million euros.

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