Thieves Steal $16M From Saudi Princess in Italy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2009 6:52 AM CDT
The theft took place in Porto Cervo, Sardinia's highest-profile resort.   (©Dirk Hartung)
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(Newser) – Thieves made off with $16 million in cash and jewels from the safe of a Saudi princess in Sardinia, the BBC reports. Investigators believe the burglars used a master key to gain access to her room in a chic resort and rip the safe from the wall. The theft sparked a diplomatic incident, and Saudi military officials and the Italian secret services were dispatched to the island, according to Italian media.