Robbery joins list of major jewel thefts
Published 04/10/2016 | 02:30
Kim Kardashian West has joined a line of victims of major jewel heists. Some spectacular jewel thefts in recent memory include:
In 2013, thieves stole Chopard jewellery from a hotel room safe during the Cannes Film Festival, a crime that drew parallels to Sofia Coppola's 'The Bling Ring', which was screening that year.
Two months later, a lone gunman pulled off one of the biggest jewellery heists of all time, stealing $136m worth of diamond jewellery from Cannes' Carlton Hotel - a location for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 'To Catch a Thief'. In 2015, raiders - one wearing an old-man mask - walked into the Cartier boutique on Cannes' Croisette seaside promenade in the middle of the morning, and walked out with millions of dollars' worth of jewellery and watches.
In a carefully planned 2013 theft, thieves cut through a fence at the Brussels airport, drove to a Switzerland-bound plane and snatched an estimated $50m in diamonds.
In 2005, thieves threatened guards and hijacked an armoured car from Dutch carrier KLM's cargo ramp at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, a major European transport hub, making off with millions in diamonds and jewellery. Subsequent media reports put the value of the loot at up to $100m.
In 2009, two elegantly dressed men robbed the Graff Diamond Store in London's high-end Mayfair district and carried away necklaces, watches, rings and bracelets worth more than £40m, according to Scotland Yard.
While Christmas shoppers strolled outside the posh Harry Winston jewellery shop near Paris' famed Champs-Elysees in 2008, armed thieves - some dressed as women and wearing wigs - entered the store and stole gems and watches worth up to $85m.
The big score
Robbers taped over security cameras, disabled the alarm system and broke into the high-security underground vaults of the Diamond Centre in Antwerp, Belgium, the world capital of diamond-cutting, getting away with an estimated $100m in goods in 2003.
After prying open 123 of the 160 vaults, the thieves stood ankle-deep in a pile of diamonds, gold, jewellery, stocks, bonds, cash and lockboxes, police said.
The loot was so abundant, they had to leave a lot behind.