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Rich Pickings: Cannes’ £34 Million Jewellery Heist

Rich Pickings: Cannes’ £34 Million Jewellery Heist


Approximately £34 million worth of jewellery was stolen from the Carlton Hotel in Cannes yesterday. An armed man raided a Leviev diamond exhibition held in the lobby of the luxury hotel, located on the Croisette promenade. The unidentified thief carried the jewellery collection out of the building in a briefcase.

 “A full and urgent operation is under way to catch the culprit and recover these jewels,” a spokesperson for the Cannes police told the BBC. “Thieves see Cannes as rich pickings.”

The Carlton is where Alfred Hitchcock filmed  To Catch a Thief  – a film about a jewel thief who targets the French Riviera’s wealthy residents and visitors. If the value of the jewellery  stolen is confirmed, the raid will be the second largest heist in France. The country’s biggest robbery took place in 2008 when three men stole pieces on display at a jewellery exhibition in Paris, worth an estimated £73 million.

Two other jewellery thefts took place during  the Cannes Film Festival this year – a De Grisogono necklace worth £1.6 million disappeared from a celebrity party held in a hotel in the Cap d’Antibes, while £650,000 of Chopard jewels vanished from a Novotel hotel room the week before.



By Ella Alexander



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