Estimated worth of diamonds stolen from French hotel raised to $136 million
May be biggest diamond heist in history
French policemen keep watch outside the Carlton Hotel on July 28, 2013 in the French Riviera resort of Cannes, after an armed man held up the jewellery exhibition 'Extraordinary Diamonds' of the Leviev diamond house.
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PARIS - A state prosecutor says the organizer of a diamond exhibit and sale has more than doubled the estimated value of diamond jewelry stolen in a brazen weekend heist at a luxury hotel on the French Riviera -- to some $136 million.
Police had previously said Sunday's theft at the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel had netted $53 million in loot -- even at that level, one of the biggest jewelry heists in recent years.
Assistant prosecutor Philippe Vique said the Dubai-based organizer of the diamond show has raised the value based on a more complete inventory.
Vique said authorities are looking for a lone suspect who broke in through French doors at the hotel that opens out onto Cannes' famed Croisette. The suspect then fled on foot.
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