Armed men steal EUR4 00,000 jewellery from Paris hotel foyer

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One man threatened Peninsula hotels staff members of a handgun while the other grabbed jewels

Armed men have stolen jewellery worth up to EUR4 00,000 from the vestibule of a Paris hotel.

Police said two masked men walked into the lobby of the Peninsula hotel, near the Arc de Triomphe, just before 1am on Thursday. One man threatened staff members of a gun while the other use an axe to smash four glass cases where designer jewels and clothing were on display.

The pair fled without firing any shootings and escaped in a getaway car driven by a third man. The vehicle was seen burnt out shortly afterwards in Neuilly-sur-Seine, west of Paris. Police have opened an investigation.

The hotel is located on Avenue Kleber, where in December some of the first arson and vandalism took place on the edge of the gilets jaunes protests.

Paris has insured large-scale jewellery heists before. In January last year five masked men armed with axes and knives walked into the Ritz, smashed display windows and left with an estimated EUR4. 5m worth of jewels.

In 2016 the US reality TV star Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint by thieves who entered her exclusive Paris rental apartment during way week and took pearls worth an estimated EUR1 0m.

In Cannes in 2015, four thieves- one masked to look like an old man- theft EUR1 7.5 m worth of jewellery and watches from a boutique days before the start of the Riviera city’s film festival.

Read more: www.theguardian.com

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