A general view of the scene after axe-wielding robbers stole jewelry on Wednesday from a store in the famed Ritz Paris hotel in Paris, France, January 10, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. — Reuters picPARIS, Jan 11 — Axe-wielding robbers stole jewellery yesterday possibly worth more than US$5 million (RM20.02 million) from a store in the famed Ritz Paris hotel, police said.
Five thieves carried out the heist at the luxury hotel in late afternoon. Three were arrested while two others got away. There were no injuries.
“The loss is very high and remains to be assessed,” one police source said. Another put the figure at €4.5 million (RM21.54 million), but said that a bag had been recovered possibly containing some of the loot.
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 former home of fashion designer Coco Chanel and author Marcel Proust, the Ritz was a favourite drinking hole of American writer Ernest Hemingway. It was at the Ritz that Diana, Princess of Wales, spent her last night in 1997 before the car crash that killed her and her lover Dodi Fayed, son of the hotel’s owner Mohammed al-Fayed.