$53 Million In Jewels Stolen From Cannes Hotel Exhibit. *UPDATE* Estimated Amount Stolen Upped To $136 Million. Reward Of $1 Million Offered [Video/Pics]


Via Associated Press


A staggering $53 million worth of diamonds and other jewels were stolen Sunday from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, in one of Europe's biggest jewelry heists recent years, police said.


The Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, where $53 million in jewelry was stolen on Sunday.

The hotel in the sweltering French Riviera was hosting a temporary jewelry exhibit over the summer from the prestigious Leviev diamond house, which is owned by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev.


A police spokesman said the theft took place around noon, but he could not confirm local media reports that the robber was a single gunman who stuffed a suitcase with the gems before making a swift exit. The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter on the record.


Several police officers were placed in front of the Carlton exhibition room to prevent journalists and photographers gathered at the scene from entering.


The luxury Carlton hotel is situated on the exclusive Promenade de la Croisette that stretches a mile and a half along the French Riviera, and is thronged by the rich and famous throughout the year. The hotel's position provides not only a beautiful view of the sea, but an easy get away for potential jewel thieves along the long stretch of road.


The valuable gems were supposed to be on public display until the end of August. It was not immediately clear how many pieces were stolen.


Hotel officials would not comment, and attempts to reach Leviev or his company were not immediately successful.


Several brazen jewelry thefts have taken place this year, including one in Belgium on Feb. 18 that involved some $50 million worth of diamonds.


In that heist, the stones from the global diamond center of Antwerp had been loaded on a plane headed to Zurich when robbers dressed in dark police clothing and hoods drove through a hole they'd cut in the Brussels Airport fence in two black cars with blue police lights flashing. They drove onto the tarmac, approached the plane, brandished machine guns, offloaded the diamonds, then left in an operation that took barely five minutes.


Authorities have since detained dozens of people and recovered much of the stolen treasure in that operation.


In May, Cannes was struck by two highly publicized jewelry heists during the Cannes Film Festival.


In the first theft, robbers stole about $1 million worth of jewels after ripping a safe from the wall of a hotel room. The jewelry was taken from the Novotel room of an employee of Chopard, the Swiss-based watch and jewelry maker that has loaned bling to A-list stars walking the red carpet at the film festival.


And in the second, thieves outsmarted 80 security guards in an exclusive hotel and made off with a De Grisogono necklace that creators say is worth 2 million euros ($2.6 million.)



Jewel thieves have been getting attention in Europe in more ways than one.


On Thursday, a member of the notorious "Pink Panther" jewel thief gang escaped from a Swiss prison after accomplices rammed a gate and overpowered guards with bursts from their AK-47s, police said.


Milan Poparic fled with fellow inmate Adrian Albrecht from the Orbe prison in the western state of Vaud.


Police say the Pink Panthers network's members are prime suspects in a series of daring thefts. According to Interpol, the group has targeted luxury watch and jewelry stores in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States, netting more than (euro) 330 million (

285m) since 1999.


Poparic is the third member of the Pink Panthers to escape from a Swiss prison in as many months, according to Vaud police.

**UPDATE** August 6th

Lloyds of London announced today that a reward of $1 million is being offered by one of their affiliates for information leading to the $136 million worth of jewels stolen from Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes last month.


The amount stolen was initially estimated to be $53 million.


According to the Associated Press, a single gunman walked into the exhibit where the jewels were being showcased, threatened several unarmed guards, then vanished down a side street with his massive haul. The theft is one of the largest in history.


Below are several photos of items stolen from the exhibit.















Photos via the Associated Press




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Comment by HEARTOFAHUSLER on August 6, 2013 at 9:53pm
Hell no 1 mill uck u
Comment by Ayo Ghost on August 6, 2013 at 5:22pm
you gonna give me 1 mill for returnin 150 mill?
Comment by NotoriousRambo on August 6, 2013 at 4:56pm
Comment by Ronaldis Delahon on August 6, 2013 at 1:47pm
@illest Villain$ didnt Dave Chapelle use that joke in his show for "Players Haters Ball" skit. It was funnier when he used it.
Comment by STARSCREAM on August 6, 2013 at 1:26pm
lol@ thatsVagtastic ..one question, when you jack whoever has the diamonds who you going to sell them to get the money they are worth genius???
Comment by LL TaF on August 6, 2013 at 12:28pm
Good job! Rob a robber is legal, the diamonds were first stolen from Africa, African own those diamonds, european and white people are motherffuckaz for screwed African!
Good Job anyway
Comment by IVA on August 6, 2013 at 12:04pm
who cares they are only diamonds & jewels, and as a matter of fact, people got killed to bring these jewels for less than 10000,- euros. Check the video that was made around that time!
Comment by Bad Habits on August 6, 2013 at 11:54am
Good s*** those rich f**** don't need it anyways
Comment by PeSH on August 6, 2013 at 11:47am
The robbers uh offer you more to keep silent, but do it for principles, they'll throw you a couple dollars on the strength. And 53 is more like barely 10....iF DAT
Comment by ThatsVagtastic on August 6, 2013 at 10:48am
B**** a** n***** offering only $1 million to snitch on the n**** that did it f*** that cause if I knew who did it I'm clippin up and gettin that n**** SUPER COME UP!!!



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