Five armed robbers used axes to smash display cases in a jewellery shop at the Ritz Hotel in Paris yesterday evening, seizing jewellery estimated to be worth more than €4m (£3.5m).
The men entered the Reza jewellery boutique on rue Cambon at around 6.30pm local time, before breaking the display cases and stuffing the jewels into bags, according to police.
“We heard a loud noise and lots of racket in the street,” a hotel employee told AFP. “Passers-by took refuge in the hotel. We didn’t know what was going on until someone told us there had been a robbery.”
Three of the thiefs were caught after police used tasers to subdue them at the scene. The remaining two fled on a motorised scooter, and the stolen items have not been recovered.
The Guardian says the arrested men are “well known to police”.