Monday, December 23, 2013

CCTV footage of Cannes Jewel Heist

It was a brazen daylight heist that saw a lone raider make off with jewels worth around £88million from the French RIviera's most glamorous hotel and which has left detectives clueless. And four months on, the first CCTV images of a daring heist at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes have emerged as police still hunt the culprit.

A $1.3 million reward was offered Tuesday after diamonds and jewels were stolen in what is believed to be the world’s biggest heist. A masked gunman made off with an estimated $136 million worth of gems from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, France, during the audacious daytime raid on July 28.

But despite a massive manhunt, French authorities have not made any arrests. SW Associates, a Paris-based loss adjuster and risk manager working for insurance firm Lloyd's of London, is hoping a financial incentive might bring clues.

"A reward of up to 1,000,000 euros ($1.3 million) pro rata is offered to the first person who provides information which leads to recovery of the goods," SW Associates said in a statement.
It's not the first time SW Associates has offered a huge reward for information.

In 2008, the firm offered a $1 million reward for information about a $105-million jewel heist from the Harry Winston store in Paris and recovered more than half the stolen pieces after a person came forward.
PARIS -- Wearing a scarf to mask his face, the gunman held up at least three security guards and then fled the luxury Cannes hotel roughly a minute later with $136 million in diamond jewelry, more than twice the initial estimated worth of the loot.

The simple, speedy theft is the biggest jewelry heist in years. Police had previously said Sunday's theft at the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel had netted $53 million worth of treasure -- even at that level a major haul.
The suspect somehow got in through the hotel's locked French doors, which open onto Cannes' famed Croisette promenade, then held up the participants of the show with a handgun and fled on foot. The hold-up itself took about a minute, all with three private security guards, two vendors and a manager of the sale-exhibit on hand, he said.
"He took a bag containing a briefcase and a small box, and then fled by another French door on the inside," Vique said. "He left on foot ... it was very fast." The bag contained rings, earrings and pendants, Vique said. As the suspect began his getaway, a few jewels spilled out of the bag of loot and were quickly recovered. The jewelry was part of a display centring on the prestigious Leviev diamond house, which is owned by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev.