Paris Ritz: Missing €750k ring found in hotel vacuum bag

Paris Ritz in 2016
Image caption,The Ritz in Paris is one of the most famous luxury hotels in the world

By James Gregory

BBC News

A ring worth €750,000 (£643,000) which went missing at the Ritz hotel in Paris has been found in a vacuum cleaner.

The owner, a Malaysian businesswoman who was a guest at the hotel, filed a police complaint on Friday after suspecting an employee of stealing it.

Ritz security guards found the ring lying among the dust in a vacuum bag on Sunday, Le Parisien reported.

The newspaper added that the guest had travelled to London on Friday, but will now return to Paris for her ring.

The Ritz said it has offered three more nights to the guest to make up for the inconvenience, though it is understood she does not intend to take up the offer.

In a statement to Le Parisien, the hotel said: “Thanks to the meticulous work of security guards, the ring was found this morning.

“We would like to thank the staff at the Ritz Paris who mobilised for this search and who work each day with integrity and professionalism.”

The businesswoman told police she left the ring on a table in her hotel room on Friday when she went shopping in the city for a few hours, and when she returned it was gone.

Police are looking after the ring until the woman can collect it.

It is not the first time that jewellery has been reported missing at the hotel.

In 2018, five armed men seized more than €4m (£3.5m) worth of merchandise from a jewellery shop inside the famous establishment.

Later that year, an unnamed member of the Saudi royal family reported the theft of hundreds of thousands of pounds’ worth of jewellery from her hotel room suite.

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