The five biggest jewellery heists France has ever seen

AFP - [email protected] • 9 Jan, 2017 Updated Mon 9 Jan 2017 13:51 CEST
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French police made 16 arrests Monday over the armed robbery in Paris of US reality TV star Kim Kardashian when masked gunmen stole at least €9 million ($9.5 million) worth of jewellery.


The biggest French jewellery heist ever occurred in July 2013, when robbers attacked an exhibition of "Extraordinary Diamonds" at the Carlton hotel in Cannes and made off with an estimated €103 million in jewels.
Here are the top five jewellery thefts from individuals:
Highway robbery 
On July 4, 1993, cash and jewellery worth an estimated €8.5 million in today's currency was stolen from MGM shareholder Marvin Davis and his wife on a road near Antibes, on the French Riviera.
Four gunmen blocked their limousine and escaped with a briefcase the US couple had with them.
Airport ambush
Two Qatari sisters were held up near a Paris airport and robbed of valuables worth more than five million euros on November 21, 2016.
The women, in their 60s, had just left Le Bourget airport northeast of the capital when two masked men held up their chauffeur-driven Bentley and sprayed them with tear gas.
The robbers helped themselves to the women's jewels, clothes and luggage.
Bag grab 
On February 15, 2010, a thief stole a handbag with €4.5 million in jewels from the daughter of the mayor of Kiev while she was arriving in Paris.
Christina Chernovetska was travelling from Charles De Gaulle airport in a chauffeur-driven car when a man approached the vehicle and grabbed the bag in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.
Smash and grab
On April 15, 2015, three thieves made off with a handbag containing €4.0 million worth of Chanel jewels in a smash and-grab attack on a taxi between Paris and Charles De Gaulle airport.
The victim was a Taiwanese art collector and the theft took place in the 1.3km- (0.8 mile-) long Landy tunnel, notorious for robberies of tourists stuck in traffic.
Saudis robbed 
On August 20, 1996, robbers attacked three Saudis on a road near Antibes, on the Riviera coast, making off with jewellery worth the equivalent of €3.0 million.



AFP 2017/01/09 13:51

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