PARIS - A Lloyd's of London insurer is offering up to 1 million
euros ($1.3 million) in exchange for clues that could recover jewels worth an
estimated $136 million seized in a heist in the French Riviera resort of Cannes
The broad-daylight looting by a lone thief of precious
jewellery on exhibition at the Carlton Hotel was France's biggest ever gem
"A reward of up to 1,000,000 euros pro rata is offered to the
first person who provides information which leads to recovery of the goods," SW
Associates, a Paris-based loss adjuster and risk manager working for Lloyd's of
London, said in a statement.
The statement, with photographs of two
diamond rings, a brooch and a necklace from among the stolen pieces, will be
published in Le Parisien, Nice-Matin and the International Herald Tribune
newspapers on Wednesday, SW Associates Managing Director John Shaw told
He said it was hoped the reward was enough to encourage a
witness, a person close to the robbers or someone who has been approached to buy
the jewels to come forward with information.
Any payout would take time.
"We have to get the jewellery back first, evaluate the value of the recovered
jewellery and then, once the police is satisfied we're not about to recompense
the robbers, we can arrange the payment," Shaw said.
The heist took place
around midday when a thief wearing a cap and scarf and armed with an automatic
pistol burst into the Carlton, threatened security guards and sales staff and
left moments later with a briefcase containing 72 pieces of jewellery from a
collection belonging to diamond specialist Leviev.
In 2008, SW Associates
offered a $1 million reward for information about a $105 million jewel heist
from the Harry Winston store in Paris and recovered more than half the stolen
pieces thanks to a person coming forward.
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