Jun 3, 2009
The biggest jewel thefts
Jun 3, 2009
The window of the jeweler Chopard, robbed on the 30th of May 2009, place Vendôme in Paris - Photo : AFP
The biggest jewellery theft ever seen in France however was the robbery committed in December 2008 at Harry Winston in Paris, items estimated at a value of €85 million.
In the world, the record is held by the thieves who got hold of diamonds worth €100 million on the 14th of February 2003 in Anvers, Beligum.
Here are the main hold-ups committed in the last few years:
- 28 Jan 2009: Four people seized 300 kilos of gold and precious metals at Rilleux-la-Pape (Rhône), worth €9 million.
- 4 Dec 2008: Three men took almost all of the jewels on display in the jewelers Harry Winston, Avenue Montaigne in Paris. The theft was valued at €85 million.
- 6 Oct 2007: First robbery at Harry Winston, total of more than €20 million of jewellery.
- 30 Aug 2005: Watches and jewellery worth €2 million were snatched from Julian in Saint-Tropez by members of the “Pink Panthers”, an international gang which have been active for more than ten years and to whom a hundred different robberies worth more than €110 million have been attributed.
- 27 Sep 2004: Two diamonds stolen from the Antique Dealers Biennial at the Louvre, Paris, representing a haul of €11.5 million.
- 20 Sep 2002: Two armed men made off with €3 million in jewellery from a jewelers on the Croisette in Cannes.
- 25 May 2002: Two criminals, their faces covered and using tear gas, smashed the window of the jewelers Fred on the Place Vendôme in Paris with a hammer and carried off €6 million in jewellery.
- 12 Oct 2001: More than 15 million Francs (€2.2 million) in jewellery, diamonds and watches were taken from three Parisian jewelers. They were conned by a client posing as a Kuwaiti emir.
- 15 July 2001: Three men made off with 25 million Francs (€3.8 million) in a robbery, using a car as a battering ram on the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique in Cannes.
By Jonathan Fulwell (Source: AFP)
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