€1m reward for Cannes jewels

2013-08-06 14:55
The Carlton Hotel in the French Riviera resort of Cannes. (Picture: AFP)

The Carlton Hotel in the French Riviera resort of Cannes. (Picture: AFP) (AFP)

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Paris - British insurance company Lloyd's is offering a reward of €1m for information leading to the recovery of the jewels stolen from a hotel in the French resort of Cannes last month.

In a notice to be published in several French newspapers on Wednesday, Lloyd's says the reward will be paid "to the first person who provides information, which leads to the recovery of the goods”.

The notice, which is marked "urgent”, contains photographs of four of the gem-incrusted pieces that were snatched by a lone armed robber from an exhibition of Leviev diamonds.

In all, the robber snatched 72 rings, earrings, necklaces and other jewellery worth an estimated €105m.

A French-based loss-adjusting firm, whose contact details were given on the notice, has been instructed to handle the case on behalf of the company.

The heist at the prestigious Carlton Hotel was one of the biggest on record, as well as one of the most daring.

The robber slipped inside the exhibition area through a French window looking onto a balcony overlooking the famous Boulevard de la Croisette.

He escaped by foot through a side street.

The hold-up, which was the third jewellery caper in Cannes-area hotels this year, rivals the 2003 clean-out of the Antwerp Diamond Centre in Belgium for heist of the century.

The Antwerp burglary netted an estimated €100m in gems.

It was the biggest-ever in France, where the last hold-up of this magnitude dates to 2008 when four men in wigs and women's clothing attacked the Harry Winston jewellery store in Paris, stealing an estimated €78m in gems.

Lloyd's offered a reward of $1m for information in that case.

French police recovered most of the loot in 2009. It is not known whether anyone claimed the reward.

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