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Police find getaway car, hunt two after Paris Ritz jewel heist

From Reuters - January 11, 2018

PARIS (Reuters) - French police on Thursday sought two men after finding the getaway car used by a gang of axe-wielding thieves who snatched jewelry from a store in the upscale Paris Ritz hotel.

Three hooded thieves carried out the robbery late on Wednesday at the ultra-chic hotel on the city centers Place Vendome, next to the Justice Ministry.

But the three, all aged about 30, were arrested after being blocked in the building, a source close to the investigation said.

Two accomplices waiting outside were thrown some booty and escaped by car and motorbike. The source said that the motorcyclist however dropped one satchel of loot after hitting a pedestrian in a melee fleeing the scene.

The getaway car was found about 20 kms (12 miles) north of Paris in an area where the three arrested came from, the source said.

Officials were still determining the value of the haul since some jewels and watches had been recovered on those arrested.

A figure of 4.5 million euros ($5.42 million), announced earlier, related to the total value of the jewelry in the display cases.

Its possible that the total amount stolen is a lot less, the source said.

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