Cannes victim of new hold-up days after luxury hotel heist

Two armed men held up a store selling luxury watches in the French Riviera resort of Cannes, 3 days after a huge jewellery heist took place at a nearby hotel.

Last Updated: Jul 31, 2013, 18:36 PM IST

Nice: Two armed men held up a store selling luxury watches in the French Riviera resort of Cannes on Wednesday, three days after a huge jewellery heist took place at a nearby hotel, a source close to the case said.

The value of the theft at the Kronometry store, which is not far from the Carlton hotel -- the site of a record USD 136 million (EUR 103 million) robbery on Sunday, is not yet known, the source told a news agency.

The shop is one of many luxury stores on the beachfront Croisette avenue and sits opposite the building where the famed Cannes film festival is held every year.

It had already been the victim of a EUR one million heist in February, when robbers stole some 150 watches.

The theft at the Carlton -- one of the biggest jewellery heists ever recorded worldwide -- stunned police and media with its simplicity.

An armed man just walked into the hotel, which is popular with film stars and was once the location of Alfred Hitchcock`s thriller "To Catch A Thief", and made off on foot with earrings, pendants and other jewellery.

AFP