Thieves swipe two diamonds from Paris show


PARIS, AP

Thieves stole two diamonds worth more than 11.5 million euro (US$14.2 million) from a display case at a Paris antique show near the Louvre Museum, police officials said.

The theft occurred mid-afternoon Monday at the 22nd Antiquary’s Biennial trade show at the Carrousel du Louvre while a worker had stepped away for a break, police said. The stand was operated by Swiss watchmaker and jeweler Chopard, show organizers said.

An early police investigation found no alarm system or video surveillance cameras were in place at the display window, but there was no sign of a break-in, police said.

The unidentified culprits made off with a 47-carat white diamond worth 6 million (US$7.4 million) and a 15.74 carat blue diamond valued at 5.5 million (US$6.8 million), police said.

“There was a little incident — a display case of one of our jewelers was forcibly opened,” show president Christian Deydier told reporters. “All of the security officers were there.”

“It happened in a few seconds, surely. The two stones disappeared,” Deydier said, adding he knew nothing more about the stones. “Everything is in the hands of the police.”

The trade fair began Sept. 15 and ends Tuesday. The show is open to the public and brings together about 400 industry professionals at the Carrousel du Louvre, a shopping area not affiliated with the museum.