Cannes jewel heist makes off with $53M haul
A police car is seen parked outside the Carlton hotel in Cannes July, 28 2013. According to police sources, several million euros worth of jewelry and watches were stolen from the hotel on Sunday. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
The French hotel where Grace Kelly and Cary Grant filmed scenes for their romantic thriller To Catch a Thief was at the centre of a jewelry heist on Sunday.
An exhibition featuring diamonds from jeweller Leviev was being held in the lobby of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes when thieves struck, making off with an estimated $53 million haul in what is allegedly the second-largest heist in France.
A Cannes police spokesman said, "A full and urgent operation is under way to catch the culprit and recover these jewels. Thieves see Cannes as rich pickings."
The plush hotel provided the setting for Alfred Hitchcock's 1955 film about a cat burglar prowling the French Riviera and is also where the movie's star Kelly met her future husband Prince Rainier of Monaco.
The Cannes Film Festival was hit by a spate of jewelry thefts earlier this year.