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The 5 Greatest Jewel Heists of All Time (PICTURES)

30/07/2013 16:13 BST | Updated 30/07/2013 16:27 BST
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An uncut diamond is selected from a collection of colorless and colored diamonds on a sorting table at DTC Botswana, a unit of De Beers, in Gaborone, Botswana, on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012.De Beers, the biggest diamond producer by revenue, is moving the sorting and trading of rough stones to Botswana from London to secure access to the world's largest supplier of diamonds by value and challenge Antwerp's dominance as the world's biggest trading hub for rough diamonds. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Jewels worth up to £100 million were brazenly stolen by an armed masked man on Sunday from an exclusive hotel in Cannes on the French Riviera, a favourite haunt of the rich and famous.

The heist at the Carlton Hotel came after a member of the infamous Pink Panther Gang escaped from a Swiss prison last Thursday.

The gang are renowned gem thieves, and police have admitted they suspect the Carlton robbery to be a professional job. If the £100m estimate is accurate, this could well rank as one of the world's biggest thefts.

The Huffington Post UK has been digging around to find evidence of some of the most audacious heists in history and unearthed these five gems.

Inspector Clouseau was nowhere to be found..

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