Cannes Hit With $1M Jewelry Heist
Bling intended for the stars goes missing from hotel safe
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2013 8:42 AM CDT
Hillary Swank sports a diamond necklace at a film premiere in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

(Newser) – If the Cannes red carpet looks a little less fabulous this year, blame jewel thieves. Someone made off with more than $1 million worth of jewelry that was supposed to be lent out to the stars yesterday, smashing the security box where it was being kept in a Novotel Hotel room, the Guardian reports. The room was being rented by an employee of the Swiss jeweler Chopard, which has long sponsored Cannes and been one of the top companies vying to accessorize celebrities there.

Odd detail: The theft coincided with Cannes' screening of Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, a film about teenage jewel thieves who hit celebrity homes when they're away at red carpet premieres, the BBC observes.