Saudi princess says jewels stolen from the Paris Ritz

A member of the Saudi royal family says hundreds of thousands of jewels went missing from her suite at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, a police source said on Monday. The unnamed princess said the theft happened on Friday afternoon.

The jewels had not been placed in the hotel safe and there was no sign of forced entry into princess's room. It was the second heist this year reported from the luxury five-star hotel which is located on Place Vendome in the heart of the French capital.

In January, an armed gang used axes to smash the windows of shops in Paris Ritz, making off with several million euros worth of jewelry. Three suspects were arrested as they fled the scene. All of the stolen goods, some of which was dropped by the bungling thieves as they tried to escape, were recovered.

Paris has been the scene of several other high-profile jewelry robberies and heists, including in October 2016 when American socialite and social media star Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint. She was tied up and locked in a bathroom after a gang of armed men burst into her Paris apartment, making off with around $9.5 million (9 million euros) worth of jewelry.

Read more: Suspects arrested in Kardashian Paris robbery case

kw/rc (AFP, Reuters)

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