Police: $53 million in jewels stolen in Cannes
PARIS (AP) — A staggering 40 million euro ($53 million) worth of diamonds and other jewels was stolen Sunday from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, in one of Europe's biggest jewelry heists in recent years, police said. One expert noted the crime follows recent jail escapes by members of the notorious "Pink Panther" jewel thief gang.Holy smokes. I really thought that sort of thing only happened in Hollywood. Millions of dollars in diamonds, stolen from a temporary exhibit? Sounds like the latest "Oceans [Random Number]" movie, doesn't it? Especially with members of a notorious jewel thief gang breaking out of prison? This has "blockbuster" written all over it!
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.
One comment, though. Do you think, maybe, whoever was responsible for security for that facility was in on the take? If not, they're about the most incompetent security force imaginable - knowing that jewel thieves were on the loose, and security was inadequate? That's either collusion or gross incompetence, in my book. I suppose arrogance might factor in, as well.
In any case, I'm just glad I'm not the guy that had $53 million worth of diamonds stolen on my watch!
That is all.