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July 30, 2013 7:48 am

Diamonds Stolen From Leviev in Cannes Heist Now Valued at $136 Million

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An original poster from Alfred Hitchock's 1955 film "To Catch a Thief," set in the same Cannes hotel as a heist of Lev Leviev's $136 million in diamonds. Photo: WikiComons.

An original poster from Alfred Hitchock's 1955 film "To Catch a Thief," set in the same Cannes hotel as the heist of Lev Leviev's $136 million in diamonds. Photo: WikiComons.

Associated Press – Wearing a scarf to mask his face, the gunman sneaked into the posh Cannes hotel and held up a diamond show as three security guards looked on, then fled on foot about a minute later. In the end, he made off with a breathtaking $136 million worth of valuables – the biggest jewelry heist in years, maybe ever. It was a French Riviera robbery that might make Hollywood scriptwriters smile. And it even happened at a hotel that was featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s jewel-encrusted thriller “To Catch a Thief.”

On Monday, a state prosecutor provided new details about the brazen heist a day earlier at the Carlton Intercontinental hotel – not least that the loot was actually worth more than twice the (EURO)40 million ($53 million) estimate that police had first announced.

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