In a bizarre throwback to old-fashioned jewelry heists, several fine jewelers have been recently robbed across Europe. The latest victim was French house Cartier who was held up on Monday morning in Cannes, France. The jewelry store was stormed by three armed men before 11 a.m. One of the robbers threatened all the staff while the two others took jewelry from the windows and display cases. The loot they made off with was estimated at $20.9 million.
The robbery before this last occurrence took place at a Chopard shop in Paris this past May. In that heist a lone robber, dressed like a gangster in a fedora and suit and posing as a customer, pulled out a gun and forced the Chopard to staff to give him the jewels in the windows. He made off with about $9.2 million in fine jewelry. Then back in December, a gang of armed men stole gems worth $107 million from jeweler Harry Winston, also in Paris.
French police investigators have declined to comment on whether the robberies
can be linked to an international gang of jewelry thieves known as the
Pink Panthers, who are suspected of carrying out similar thefts in the
last six years. The gang has bagged loot worth as much as $200 million
in an estimated 110 attacks on luxury stores in around 20 countries
since their first robbery in London’s exclusive Mayfair district in
2003. Two key members of the gang were arrested in Paris in May but no suspects in the gang have been linked so far to the Cartier robbery.
Article Source: WWD
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