Take in French jewelry heist now put at $136 mn

Paris, Jul 29 (EFE).- The take from the jewelry heist over the weekend at the InterContinental Carlton Cannes Hotel in southeastern France now stands at 103 million euros ($136 million), media reports said Monday, citing judicial officials.

Sunday's heist is now the largest ever in France, topping the 80 million euros ($106 million) in jewelry stolen from Harry Winston in Paris in 2008.

A lone robber apparently managed to grab 72 pieces, the majority of them creations and precious gems belonging to diamond house Leviev, which was exhibiting them in the July 20-Aug. 30 "Extraordinary Diamonds" show.

The armed robber, who wore a mask and gloves, entered the hotel exhibition hall, where the jewelry fair was being held, and forced employees to put the majority of the pieces, 34 of which were considered exceptional, in a bag.

"No member of the staff is implicated or took part in this incident," Carlton Hotel general manager Fran├žois Chopinet said.

Police are investigating the robbery, which follows a series of heists that occurred in Cannes, which is on the Cote d'Azur, during the international film festival in May.

The first robbery occurred on May 17 at the Cannes Novotel, where thieves stole a jewelry case containing Chopard creations worth 1.4 million euros ($1.85 million).

Swiss jeweler De Grisogono reported the theft four days later of a necklace worth 2 million euros ($2.65 million) during a party in the nearby city of Antibes.