French police suspect that a man arrested on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Mallorca may be linked to the theft of jewelry worth 1.4 million euros ($1.8 million) in Cannes, France, in May, the Spanish Civil Guard said Monday.
The 40-year-old suspect, identified only as T.M., was arrested June 21 on charges that he stole jewelry, cash and other valuables worth about 600,000 euros ($795,429) from different hotels in Mallorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands.
The suspect is still being held at a jail in Mallorca, the Civil Guard said.
French police have asked for the formation of an international team to question the suspect in Palma de Mallorca about the May 17 jewelry heist at the Cannes Novotel, where thieves stole a jewelry case containing Chopard creations worth 1.4 million euros ($1.8 million), the Civil Guard said.
The suspect, who was armed with a knife and tried to resist arrest, broke into several safes in Mallorca, stealing 6,000 euros ($7,954) in cash and jewelry worth about 50,000 euros ($66,289).
Police are investigating several heists in Cannes, which is on the Cote d’Azur, in recent months.
Swiss jeweler De Grisogono reported the theft on May 21 of a necklace worth 2 million euros ($2.65 million) during a party in the nearby city of Antibes.
On July 28, an armed robber stole jewelry worth 103 million euros ($136 million) from the InterContinental Carlton Cannes Hotel.
The heist was the largest ever in France, topping the 80 million euros ($106 million) in jewelry stolen from Harry Winston in Paris in 2008.
The robber apparently managed to grab 72 pieces, the majority of them creations and precious gems belonging to diamond house Leviev, which was exhibiting them in the July 20-Aug. 30 “Extraordinary Diamonds” show.
The armed robber, who wore a mask and gloves, entered the hotel exhibition hall, where the jewelry fair was being held, and forced employees to put the majority of the pieces, 34 of which were considered exceptional, in a bag.