World's biggest jewellery thefts in last 10 years

World's biggest jewellery thefts in last 10 years

29th July 2013, Comments 0 comments

Following are the biggest jewellery robberies worldwide, ordered by size, after an audacious theft of diamond-incrusted jewels and watches worth around 103 million euros ($136 million) in Cannes on Sunday.

This jewel heist is comparable to that of around 100 million euros in Antwerp in 2003, which has up to now been considered a world record.

- 103 million euros: FRANCE - On July 28, 2013, an armed man carries out a brazen heist in broad daylight at a diamond exhibition at the Carlton hotel in the Riviera resort of Cannes.

- Around 100 million euros: BELGIUM - On February 15-16, 2003, more than 120 of 160 safety deposit boxes are emptied inside the heavily fortified "Diamond Center" at the heart of Antwerp's diamond district.

- 85 million euros: FRANCE - On December 4, 2008, three men empty almost the entire stock of gems from the Harry Winston jewellery store on Paris's Avenue Montaigne. In 2009, police say they have recovered 80 percent of the haul.

- 75 million euros: THE NETHERLANDS - On February 25, 2005, a KLM cargo truck is intercepted at Amsterdam-Schipol airport and jewels and diamonds bound for Antwerp taken.

- 40 million pounds: In BRITAIN - On August 6, 2009, the equivalent of 48 million euros worth of jewellery is taken from the Graff Diamonds store in central London.

- 38 million euros: BELGIUM - On February 18, 2013, men disguised as police officers conduct a spectacular diamond heist on the tarmac at Brussels airport.

- 22 million euros: JAPAN - On March 5, 2004, three Serbians, members of the "Pink Panther" ring of international jewel thieves carry out a heist.

- 21 million euros: BELGIUM - On March 5, 2007, diamonds are stolen from a bank in Antwerp.


© 2013 AFP

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