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Second jewel theft at Cannes

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24 May 2013

A necklace reportedly worth $2.5m was stolen during the Cannes film festival, in the second such theft to hit this year's event.

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Richard Howells

A model wearing the necklace

A model wearing the necklace before it was stolen. AFP Photo / De Grisogono / Bruno Bebert

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Lightning never strikes twice, they say. But apparently jewel thieves do, especially, it seems, at famous French film festivals.

Thieves outwitted 80 bodyguards, local police and hotel security to make off with the $2.5m necklace, owned by the Swiss jewellery company De Grisogono. The lavish piece had been displayed in a fashion parade at a glamorous party attended by film stars and celebrities at an exclusive hotel in Cap d'Antibes.

At the end of the evening a check was made of the jewellery and the necklace had disappeared. French police are investigating whether the jewellery was stolen, lost or misplaced. Last week thieves ripped a safe out of a hotel wall in Cannes, stealing 1.5m dollars' worth of jewellery owned by the Swiss company Chopard.

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lightning never strikes twice

(idiom) it is unlikely that the same bad thing will happen twice in the same place or to the same person

outwitted

gained advantage over someone by using a clever or dishonest trick

make off with

steal

lavish

expensive, impressive and in large quantity

glamorous

attractive in an exciting way

exclusive

limited to only one person or group

misplaced

(of an object) put in the wrong place and lost

safe

a strong, heavy box with a lock used for storing valuable things

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