Jewellery Worth $136 Million Robbed from Carlton Hotel, Cannes
Paris - A mind boggling 40 million euro($53 million ) worth of diamonds and jewels were stolen last Sunday whilst they were being exhibited at Carlton International Hotel in Cannes, in one of the biggest jewelry heists in recent years, police said.
A police spokesperson said that the huge theft took place a little before the noon, but he could not confirm the local media reports that the robber was a single gunman who stuffed all the valuables in a suitcase before making an easy exit.
Recovery of stolen valuables is highly unlikely because they can be broken up and hence easily smuggled and sold. The valuable jewels were supposed to be on the public display until the end of August. It is still unclear as to how many pieces were missing.
Officials sources would not confirm and any attempts to get a reaction from them by journalists/media were met unsuccessfully. Europe is not new to such brazen jewelry heists in recent years, some of which have involved tens of millions of dollars in treasure.
Cannes seems to be the favourite target this year – in May the other two highly publicized heists took place during Cannes Film Festival. In the first theft, robbers stole jewels after ripping a safe from the wall of a hotel room. In the second theft, theives outwitted 80 security guards to steal a necklace which the creatoes say is worth 2 million euros.
Police suspect that it is the handy work of pink panther network's members and were quoted saying “that the theft of high value diamonds is exactly what they do.”