Incredible Recent Jewel Heists, From Cannes to Kim Kardashian

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This June 23, 2009, photo shows some of the jewels recovered after a record heist at Harry Winston jewelers in Paris.
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This Sept. 6, 2016, file photo shows Venice's Doge's Palace. In January, thieves stole precious Indian jewels from the famed Al Thani Collection that were on show at the palace, including a pendant featuring a 10-carat diamond. Surveillance footage showed one of the thieves calmly opening a showcase window, pocketing the gems and sauntering off. Police say the alarm was triggered a minute later, giving the thieves time to escape
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This Oct. 2, 2016, photo shows Kim Kardashian West and her bodyguard out in Paris before she was robbed of more than $10 million worth of jewelry. The robbers allegedly forced their way into the apartment where she was staying during Paris Fashion Week and tied her up.n

nTen people were charged in the case. The alleged mastermind wrote the reality TV star an apology letter from his prison cell.
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Cannes is known not only for its film festival glamour but also for dramatic heists.n

nIn 2013 thieves stole Chopard jewelry from a hotel room safe during the festival, a crime that drew parallels to Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," which was screening that year.n

nTwo months later, a lone gunman pulled off one of the biggest jewelry heists of all time, stealing $136 million worth of diamond jewelry from Cannes' Carlton Hotel (seen above) — a location for Alfred Hitchcock's classic "To Catch a Thief."n

nIn 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 jewelry and watches.
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European airports have been the crime scene of some jewel thefts.n

nIn a carefully planned 2013 heist, thieves cut through a fence at the Brussels airport, drove to a Switzerland-bound plane (above) and snatched an estimated $50 million in diamonds.n

nIn 2005, thieves threatened guards and hijacked an armored 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 jewelry. Subsequent media reports put the value of the loot at up to $100 million. "It was a secured area of the airport, so it's a big question how those people could get there," an airline spokesman said at the time.
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This June 23, 2009, photo shows some of the jewels recovered after a record heist at Harry Winston jewelers in Paris. While Christmas shoppers strolled outside the posh jewelry shop near the Champs-Elysees in 2008, armed thieves — some dressed as women and wearing wigs — entered the store and stole gems and jeweled watches worth up to $85 million, according to French police.n

nIn 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 40 million pounds ($62 million at today's exchange rate), according to Scotland Yard.
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Smashed safe-deposit boxes are seen on Jan. 15, 2016, in the underground vault of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company. A gang of mostly elderly men broke into the vault in London's diamond district in 2015, drilling inside to steal jewelry, gold and cash worth more than 14 million pounds ($18 million).n

nIn 2003, robbers taped over security cameras, disabled the alarm system and broke into the high-security underground vaults of the Diamond Center in Antwerp, the world capital of diamond-cutting, getting away with an estimated $100 million in goods.n

nPolice said the thieves stood ankle-deep in a pile of diamonds, gold, jewelry, stocks, bonds, cash and lockboxes, and the bounty was so abundant they had to leave a lot behind.
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