Armed robber steals Israeli mogul Leviev's jewels worth millions in Cannes heist

Masked man steals jewels, diamond-encrusted watches believed to be worth 40 million Euros from luxury French Riviera hotel.

By REUTERS
July 28, 2013 19:45
1 minute read.
Lev Leviev

Lev Leviev 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Oleg Popov)

The hotel, celebrating its centenary this year, was also where Alfred Hitchcock filmed scenes from the 1955 film "To Catch a Thief", starring Cary Grant as a one-time cat burglar and Grace Kelly as the beautiful Frances.

Nice-Matin newspaper said the stolen jewels were worth 40 million euros ($53 million), a figure that the Carlton's management would not confirm. The prosecutor in Grasse, near Cannes, gave a figure of "several million euros".

Police investigators are studying video surveillance footage in an effort to track down the thief.

The heist came two months after two smaller jewellery robberies hit the annual Cannes film festival, where many of the world's top movie stars are lent gowns and gems to parade on the red carpets and at glamorous parties.


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