French Riviera thieves clean out wealthy Arabs

16th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

CANNES, France, Aug 16 (AFP) - Thieves stole thousands of euros' worth of jewellery and cash from guests staying at a luxury French Riviera hotel on the weekend, striking several times in the same night in a major embarrassment to the property's managers.

CANNES, France, Aug 16 (AFP) - Thieves stole thousands of euros' worth of jewellery and cash from guests staying at a luxury French Riviera hotel on the weekend, striking several times in the same night in a major embarrassment to the property's managers.

The criminals hit Saturday night, targeting the Noga Hilton in the ritzy coastal resort town of Cannes, police said.

Three rooms were burglarised, netting the thieves USD 210,000 (EUR 160,000) in cash and jewellery from one suite being used by Saudis related to their country's defence minister, Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, and USD 10,000 and passports from two other rooms occupied by Kuwaitis.

The wife of millionaire fashion designer Daniel Hechter also lost a bag containing a watch, a broach and other jewellery worth EUR 46,000 after giving it to a porter on her arrival.

The hotel's management confirmed that "some clients have reported thefts and a police inquiry is under way," but refused to give further details. The police were trying to determine whether any of the crimes were an "inside" job.

Sources in other high-end hotels in Cannes said it was the biggest total haul they had heard of in several years.

© AFP

 

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