Cannes luxury watch store latest victim of armed heist
Police stand in front of Kronometry, a luxury watch retailer that was robbed in Cannes, France, Wednesday, July 31, 2013.
Published Wednesday, July 31, 2013 9:27AM EDT
PARIS -- French police say a luxury watch store has been robbed on the same exclusive promenade in Cannes where a gunman made off with $136 million in diamonds this week.
Frederic Foncel, a Cannes police union representative, says two armed men, their faces concealed by scarves and caps, made off with a "significant" haul of luxury watches during Wednesday's robbery at Kronometry, less than a half mile from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel where a single gunman stole the jewels on Sunday.
Foncel said at least one of the men had a grenade and both escaped. He criticized the city's approach to security, saying Cannes is becoming a routine target for thieves.
An employee at Kronometry declined to comment.
Sunday's heist ranks among the biggest jewelry thefts of all time.