Gemstone thieves rob Hollywood star at Cannes film festival



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Hollywood star Jodie Turner-Smith has fallen victim to the curse of Cannes, the jewelry thieves who regularly haunt the world’s biggest film festival.

The British-born actress wore eye-catching Gucci gold and diamond jewelry to the red carpet premiere of her latest film “After Yang” on Thursday.

The next morning, her suite at the Riviera Resort Marriott was broken into while she was having breakfast with her one-year-old daughter.

Police told AFP on Monday that they were investigating a theft of jewelry from the hotel, but it was not clear whether the jewelry was Gucci’s – on loan for the first time – or the actress’s.

The “Queen & Slim” star and “Nightflyers” and “The Last Ship” star made no mention of her loss when she gave a “Women in Motion” talk at the festival on Sunday.

But she later tweeted: “I didn’t think I would spend two and a half hours at the police station on my last day in Cannes, but here we are.”

It was the 34-year-old’s first time attending the festival.

Cannes has become a notorious hunting ground for international burglars with a member of the infamous Pink Panthers gang suspected of taking gems worth 103 million euros ($ 130 million) from the hotel Carlton in 2013.

In the same year, a € 1.6 million Chopard necklace was stolen from the film festival, and slightly lower value gems also went missing.

Embarrassed police were again caught at fault in 2015 when just days before the start of the festival, 17.5 million euros worth of jewelry was removed from the Cartier boutique on the Croisette.

Luxury brands often lend their pieces of choice to stars to walk the Cannes red carpet.

Police said the jewelry taken from Turner-Smith’s bedroom was not worth the tens of thousands of dollars originally envisioned.

There would have been no signs of breaking into his room.

The Variety film industry bible said one of the items taken was Turner-Smith’s mother’s wedding ring.


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