Millions Stolen in Jewelry Heists in Cannes

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Luxury jewelers considering exhibitions in Cannes may have another thing coming. A series of jewelry heists has beleaguered the resort town on the French Riviera. The most recent occurrence was a theft in a Kronometry luxury watch store on Wednesday.

The theft is notable for its prominent location, the luxury store is situated opposite the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, where the Cannes Film Festival is held every year. This marks the second time in six months that a huge theft has befallen the store, as thieves had stolen 150 watches worth one million euros in February.

Additionally, the heist took place three days after an enormous theft at the Carlton hotel, where a record 103 million euros ($136 million) worth of earrings, pendants, and other jewelry was stolen on Sunday. The robber obscured his face with a hat and scarf, and he threatened to shoot guests and officials before making his way into a bedroom where the jewels were kept and making off with his haul on foot.

Earlier this year, during the Cannes Film Festival in May, two other major jewelry thefts occurred. Jewels worth $1 million were stolen from a safe in a hotel room along with a necklace worth $2.6 million from a hotel party shortly after.

The Carlton theft is recorded as one of the biggest jewelry heists worldwide.

The jewels had been on exhibition in the hotel and would have been on display until the end of August.

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