Police say some of the jewels stolen from the Ritz Hotel in Paris have been found but that two thieves are still on the run.
A police official said Thursday that one perpetrator dropped a bag with jewels and hatchets when his motorcycle hit a pedestrian during his escape.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not able to speak publicly about the ongoing investigation, said the pedestrian was slightly injured.
The official told The Associated Press that jewels were found scattered amid the debris of shattered display cases during overnight cleanup efforts and that the overall value of the jewels on display was about 4.5 million euros.
Authorities are still working with the jewelers to determine how many items are still missing.
Three of the thieves were arrested soon after the Wednesday evening robbery in the chic, well-policed neighborhood of central Paris.
Paris police are searching for at least two thieves suspected of stealing jewels potentially worth millions from the Ritz Hotel during a dramatic heist.
Workers cleaned up shattered glass Thursday morning and started to repair damage from the robbery in one of the world’s most prestigious neighborhoods.
Three people were arrested after the heist on the chic Place Vendome in central Paris, but police said at least two others escaped after the Wednesday evening robbery.
French media have estimated the stolen merchandise as worth at least 4.5 million euros ($5.4 million).
Witness video shows what appear to be black-clad intruders entering an unmarked side door in a quick and coordinated operation.
The hotel, where rooms start at 1,000 euros a night, was operating as usual Thursday.