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Thief ‘nabs €1m worth of jewels’ from Paris store

An armed man has managed to escape a Chopard jewellery store in Paris with goods worth an estimated €1 million, according to reports.

Thief 'nabs €1m worth of jewels' from Paris store
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The man robbed the Swiss luxury store on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in central Paris, not far from the palais de l'Elysée, at 11am.
 
According to reports in Europe 1, he fled on foot after threatening staff with a gun.
 
It remains unclear exactly whether the firearm was real or not, but the sheer threat was enough for the man to pull off the heist without injuring anyone or causing any structural damage to the shop. 
 
The store's stock, however, suffered a serious blow, with initial estimates suggesting €1 million worth of jewels were taken. 
 
The haul pales in comparison to the total takings of another set of Paris jewel thieves, who were jailed earlier this year after pinching €100 million worth of jewels in a double heist at a Harry Winston store. 
 
And Chopard is no stranger to robberies either, with thieves taking $1 million worth of the brand's jewels from a hotel during the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
 
 
 
 

CANNES

Million-euro reward for return of Cannes jewels

A €1 million reward has been offered up for any information that will lead to the return of €103 million worth of jewellery stolen from the Riviera resort of Cannes last month. The offer is subject to certain conditions, however.

Million-euro reward for return of Cannes jewels
French police outside the Carlton Hotel after the €103 million jewellery heist. Photo: Valery Hache/AFP

Insurers Lloyd's of London on Tuesday offered up to €1 million ($1.3m) for information leading to the recovery of jewels stolen from a Cannes hotel last month worth an estimated €103 million.

"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. Offer subject to certain conditions," said the insurer in a statement.

On July 28th, an armed man pulled off a brazen heist in broad daylight at the luxury Carlton Hotel on the promenade of the French Riviera resort, in one of the world's biggest jewellery thefts.

Brandishing a semi-automatic pistol, his head covered with a cloth, the robber stole jewels that were part of an exhibition by a group owned by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev.

Authorities said he escaped with "all kinds of different" jewellery, including "rings, pendants, and earrings encrusted with diamonds."

The exhibition was held in a wing of the hotel with direct access to the street and police said they had not been alerted that it was taking place.

Prosecutors said the robber entered the exhibition room through a French window that opened onto a terrace, which itself looks onto the popular Croisette avenue in Cannes.

Lloyd's said in a statement that "persons with specific information should contact SW Associates on +33 610950564 between 18h00-19h00 or send an email to [email protected]."

Cannes has fallen prey to thieves several times recently, notably during this year's film festival, which attracts a glittering array of celebrities from the movie world.

In a pre-dawn heist at a hotel during the festival in May, thieves stole jewellery worth $1.4 million due to be loaned to movie stars.

That robbery took place in the hotel room of an American employee of Swiss jeweller Chopard while she was out for the evening, police said.

In a scene straight from a Hollywood film, a strongbox containing jewels was ripped out of the wardrobe and carried off, they said.

In a second theft during the festival, robbers made off with a diamond necklace with an estimated value of $1.9 million.

At least two apartments rented by film executives were also burgled during the 2013 festival, with thieves taking cash, jewellery and other personal items.

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