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Paris police hunt for jewels, thieves after Ritz robbery

French police attend the scene outside the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France, after a robbery Wednesday evening.
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French police attend the scene outside the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France, after a robbery Wednesday evening.

PARIS — Paris police on Thursday recovered most of the jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in a dramatic heist but were still searching for two thieves and any luxury merchandise that was still missing.

The robbery, on Wednesday evening, raised questions about security in one of the world’s most prestigious neighborhoods, Place Vendome, whose well-guarded buildings include the Justice Ministry, high-end boutiques, and the 19th-century Ritz.

Workers cleaned up shattered glass Thursday morning and started to repair damage from the robbery. Otherwise, business appeared to be returning to normal at the Ritz

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Three perpetrators ‘‘entered by the service entrance, smashed the jewelry stands, grabbed jewels that were clearly expensive with the help of axes,’’ said Jean-Michel Huguet of the police union Alliance Police Nationale.

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The suspects threw bags of goods out a window to at least two accomplices outside, according to a police official.

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