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Jewelry Heist, One for the Records

Updated: Monday, July 29 2013, 10:30 PM EDT
French detectives are scratching their heads after a jewel thief made off with tens of millions of dollars in gems from a hotel.
It's one of the biggest  jewelry heists in Europe in recent years.

Police in France are trying to figure out how a lone robber walked into this this upscale hotel in Cannes, France and stole an estimated $136 million dollars in diamonds and jewels.

Local media reports that the gunman hit up a temporary jewelry exhibit at the Carlton InterContinental, stuffing his suitcase with the gems.

The robbery took place in broad daylight around noon, and police say the thief made a quick get-away.

The Carlton Hotel, located on the glamorous French Riviera, was the setting for Alfred Hitchock's famous thriller, 'To Catch a Thief.'

Sunday's heist comes just a few days after members of the infamous "pink panther" jewel thief gang escaped from prison in Switzerland.

The thieves have made off with millions of dollars in stolen gems around the globe.

Police have not linked the gang to this latest hold up.

And this isn't the first time robbers hit Cannes this year. While the famous film festival was underway in May, thieves tore a safe from a hotel wall and got away with about a million dollars worth of jewels.

Robbers also stole a $2.6 million dollar necklace from a different hotel.

The stones in this robbery belonged to an Israeli billionaire diamond collector.

His company is cooperating with the investigation.

Experts say it is unlikely police will recover the stolen diamonds and jewels because thieves can easily sell them.

Jewelry Heist, One for the Records

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