Worlds Biggest Heists – Two diamond heists at same hotel net millions!

Site of two heists - InterContinental Carlton Cannes Hotel
Site of two heists – InterContinental Carlton Cannes Hotel

Millions of euros worth of diamonds and jewels have been stolen from this French hotel.

The InterContinental Carlton Cannes is a 343-room luxury hotel built in 1911, located at 58 La Croisette in Cannes on the French Riviera and listed by the Government of France as a National Historic Building.

During the Cannes Film Festival it is the most prestigious place to stay and the undisputed headquarters of motion picture industry deal-making. It makes the perfect location for a high end Jewellers.

More famously, the hotel was a central location for the Alfred Hitchcock film To Catch a Thief starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant

The daring heist of August 1994:

Right before workers closed up shop on the evening of August 11, 1994, three masked men wielding machine guns forced their way into the famous jewellery store within the Carlton Hotel in Cannes, France.

Shooting their weapons in the air as employees and customers scattered, they gathered nearly $60 million worth of jewelry before making their getaway.

The thieves walked out onto the seafront, and simply vanished.

No witnesses, no evidence, no CCTV images saw anything after the thieves left the hotel.

The local police remained baffled.

Investigators later discovered that no bullet holes had been made, meaning that the crooks were firing blanks when they pulled off the dramatic heist. The thieves and their precious booty remain at large to this day.

Todate, nobody has not been apprehended, none of the jewels have been recovered and the case remains unsolved

Site of the crimes
Site of the crimes

The $44 Million Heist of July 2013

The next big heist at the hotel saw a lone robber, brandishing a handgun steal jewels worth £34million.

He tipped diamonds and other precious stones into a briefcase he was carrying during the raid in broad daylight in front of many witnesses.

The robber made off on foot through the exclusive Promenade de la Croisette which stretches a mile and a half along the Cannes seafront, taking a similar route as the previous robbers.

Police suspected, according to Interpol, the famous gang known as the Pink Panthers, who targeted luxury watch and jewellery stores in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States, netting more than £380million in recent years.

Jonathan Sazonoff, the US editor of the Museum Security Network website, said: ‘The brazen drama of it is their style. The possibility of the re-emergence of the Pink Panther gang is very troubling and taken seriously by law enforcement worldwide. They’re a crime wave waiting to happen.’

Despite the gang being suspects, nobody was caught!

The jewelry was part of a temporary exhibition by mineralogist and Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev called Leviev Diamond House.

No suspects have since been identified, and the Jewels remain missing.

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