August 26, 2002
French Police Recover Escada Jewels
French police recovered a collection of Escada jewelry stolen at a Paris airport earlier this month. The collection was worth nearly $3 million.
A maintenance worker at Charles de Gaulle airport and a grocery store owner were arrested in connection with the Aug. 6 theft, police said. The suspects' names were not released. The jewelry, which had been shown in Monaco, was carried on an Air France flight from Nice to Paris but disappeared shortly after landing.
Suspicion fell on the maintenance worker, who later admitted to police he stole the valuables. Officials said the grocery store owner stashed the jewels in a cellar in Montrouge, a suburb south of Paris, where they were recovered by police.
The collection from the Escada fashion house, Munich, Germany, included 16 bracelets, 29 rings, 10 necklaces, 12 pairs of earrings, seven diamonds and a necklace entitled "Game of Heart."