Actors at Cannes Festival are warned to be alert to ‘fake cleaners’ posing as staff so they can raid their hotel rooms as security experts say this year’s event will be a ‘bonanza’ for criminals
- Stars flocking to French Riviera are warned after Brit’s jewelery theft last year
- Cannes VIP protection firm Westminster Security: ‘It’s a bonanza for criminals’
- Thieves snatched jewels from Jodie Turner-Smith’s suite while she ate breakfast
- ‘Fake cleaners’ posing as staff could stroll into hotel rooms and pilfer property
- Pink Panthers gang stole £ 88m of gems in 2013; £ 1.4m Chopard necklace lost
Movie stars set to hit the red carpet in Cannes have been warned they could fall victim to a ‘bonanza’ of criminal heists including jewelery thefts worth millions.
British protection firm Westminster Security has been hired to look after VIPs on the French Riviera.
The extra caution follows the theft last year of jewelery from actress Jodie Turner-Smith’s hotel room.
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Westminster Security boss John Moore said: ‘It’s a bit like spawning season. They are all drawn there. It’s a bonanza for them ‘, The Telegraph reported.
The extra caution follows theft last year of jewelery from the hotel suite of Brit star Jodie Turner-Smith (pictured at the Met Gala)
‘True Blood’ and ‘After Yang’ star Turner-Smith was eating breakfast with her 15-month-old daughter when thieves snuck into her suite at the Marriott La Croisette Hotel.
There were no signs of forced entry, suggesting the criminals had been able to pose as hotel staff.
Mr Moore said thieves try to ‘blag’ their way onto opulent yacht parties, where valuable possessions are on show.
They are ‘used to getting in touch with the staff – room service and valets – in palaces to get information about celebrities’ reservations’.
Criminals can also wear face masks and sunglasses to hide their identities, he added.
‘I find it unacceptable that celebrities have to hide their jewelery, which stops them from displaying their belongings.’
In 2013, the infamous Pink Panthers gang stole precious gems worth an incredible £ 88million from a hotel suite at the Carlton hotel.
The same year, thieves snatched a £ 1.4million Chopard necklace.
This year’s Cannes Film Festival begins on Tuesday evening and runs to May 28.
Turner-Smith tweeted her discomfort at having to spend hours talking to cops after the heist
The actress starred in sci-fi drama After Yang (Turner-Smith is pictured at the film’s premiere)
The Marriott hotel on Cannes’s main thoroughfare La Croisette was the scene of the crime
Hotly anticipated titles include ‘Top Gun: Maverick’, King of Rock ‘N Roll’ biopic ‘Elvis’ and horror film ‘Crimes of the Future’, starring Viggo Mortensen and Kristen Stewart.
There’s also ‘Armageddon Time’, which stars Anthony Hopkins and Anne Hathaway.
A host of British stars including Letitia Wright, Joe Alwyn, Idris Elba, Tilda Swinton are expected to attend this year’s festivals.