Insurer Lloyd’s of London has offered a reward sum of 1 million Euros for information that could lead to the recovery of the jewels stolen in a Cannes hotel days ago, Sky News reports.
“A reward of up to €1m pro rata is offered to the first person who provides information which leads to recovery of the goods. Offer subject to certain conditions,” the insurer said in a statement.
An armed man pulled off a brazen daylight heist at the luxury Carlton Hotel on July 28, in one of the world’s biggest ever jewellery thefts.
The jewels had an estimated value of £88.48m.
Carrying a semi-automatic pistol, his head covered with a cloth, the robber stole jewels that were part of an exhibition by a group owned by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev.
Authorities say the man escaped with “all kinds of different” jewellery, including “rings, pendants, and earrings encrusted with diamonds.”
The exhibition was held in a wing of the hotel with direct access to the street and police said they had not been alerted that it was taking place.
Prosecutors say the robber entered the exhibition room through a French window that opened onto a terrace, which itself looks onto the popular Croisette avenue in Cannes.
Lloyd’s said in a statement that “persons with specific information should contact SW Associates on 0033 610950564 between 18h00-19h00 or send a mail to reward1millionE@gmail.com.”
Cannes has fallen prey to thieves several times recently, notably during this year’s film festival, which attracts a glittering array of celebrities from the movie world.
In a pre-dawn heist at a hotel during the festival in May, thieves stole jewellery due to be loaned to movie stars.
That robbery took place in the hotel room of an American employee of Swiss jeweller Chopard while she was out for the evening, police said.