Like a scene from a Hollywood movie, thieves walked into a Cartier store in Cannes and stole jewelry worth £13 million ($21.3 million)! According to police, a man wearing a floral shirt walked in and threatened the staff with a gun at the store located near Carlton hotel. Two accomplices wearing crash helmets then entered the store and took jewels from the glass display cases before fleeing along Cannes’ famous Croisette promenade on scooters after the raid on Monday. Police investigating this theft are now wondering if these thieves are part of the Pink Panther gang which has carried out a spate of spectacular jewelry thefts across Europe recently. Top jewelers and police chiefs across the world are hunting the Panthers, a sophisticated international crime syndicate that has reaped around £100 million ($163 million) in jewelry heists over the past decade. This gang is rumored to comprise around 200 war-hardened members from across the former Yugoslavia. The attention to detail paid by these crooks has made one criminologist to call this heist, artistic.
Only after further details and arrests will we come to know whether or not the Cartier heist in Cannes was the work of the Panthers or not.