£34m of Leviev diamonds stolen in Cannes raid

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Lone man carries out one of France’s largest diamond robberies.

An armed robber lifted €40 million (£34m) of diamonds from an exhibition at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes yesterday, thought to have been the second largest diamond theft in France.

It is understood the man entered the hotel, located on Cannes’ famous Croisette promenade, yesterday morning. He targeted an exhibition in the lobby of the hotel showcasing diamonds owned by Israeli billionaire jeweller Lev Leviev.

No violence was used in the raid and it is still unclear how many pieces were stolen, with Cannes police and the Carlton Hotel unavailable for comment.

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The Leviev diamond exhibition was due to run until the end of August. The robbery follows the theft of diamond jewellery at one of De Grisogono’s parties held during the Cannes Film Festival, in which a necklace worth £1.7 million was taken.

Chopard was also targeted during the Cannes film festival when a hotel room was raided for diamond jewellery worth £650,000, due to be worn on the red carpet.

Leviev has owned a boutique on London’s Old Bond Street since 2006, displaying exceptional loose diamonds of high carat weights as well as luxury diamond jewellery.

The robbery comes only a few days after a member of the notorious Pink Panther gang fled jail in Switzerland. According to The Independent police say the Pink Panthers’ network of members are prime suspects in this series of Cannes thefts.
 

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