A Recent History of Diamond Heists
Jewelry heists happen surprisingly often, and few of the thieves get caught.
Jewelry heists happen surprisingly often. What's less common is that the perpetrators get caught. Here's a timeline of some recent capers.
Not the most subtle of heists, this. Three machine-gun-wielding bandits burst into a jewelry shop in the Carlton Hotel, an exclusive Art Deco hotel in Cannes, on the French Riviera. As an attention-getter, they sprayed the walls and ceiling with deafening bursts of machine-gun fire. While terrified employees and customers dived for cover, the trio scooped up an estimated $45 million worth of jewelry and fled. When the police arrived, they noticed a curious fact: There were no bullet holes in the walls. The thieves had been firing blanks. But whatever the robbers lacked in subtlety, they made up