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Insurers offer $1.3 million reward in jewel heist

on August 06, 2013 10:10 AM

PARIS (AP) — An affiliate of Lloyds of London is offering a $1.3 million reward for information leading to a diamond collection stolen at gunpoint from a jewel show in Cannes.

The jewels belonging to the Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev were on display at the same hotel featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” when a single gunman walked into the ground floor show, threatened the handful of unarmed guards, then disappeared down a side street with the $136 million cache, police have said.

The July 28 theft at the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel ranks among the largest jewel heists in history.

In 2008, thieves stole $118 million in rings, necklaces and luxury watches from the Harry Winston store in Paris.

Lloyds announced the reward today.

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