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5 Crazy Fashion Heists This Spring, In Honor of The Bling Ring

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This spring has played host to some seriously pricey five-finger discounts, which (probably) has nothing to do with release of The Bling Ring. Regardless, in honor of the Sofia Coppola's film debut, you'll find the five biggest heists that went down within months of the premier. As of yet, only a couple thieves have been apprehended due to an unfortunately fortunate burka and moped kerfuffle. The rest are at large.

1. The first Cannes hotel diamond heist: $1 million worth of Chopard jewelry was stolen from a hotel safe at the Novotel hotel during Cannes film festival. First, a hotel safe, really? And second, the thieving happening on the night of The Bling Ring screening. It was either thieves with a sense of irony or the sneakiest promotional spot ever.

2. And still jewelers at Cannes didn't learn any lessons: Later a $2.6 million de Grisogono necklace was nabbed despite all of 80 guards.

3. The Selfridges moped fail: That time multiple men wearing burkas walked into the department store while it was still open and ran out with watches and jewelry. The operation was later foiled when the getaway moped crashed outside a pizza joint. Yuck yuck yuck.

4. A well-dressed man walked out of Tiffany's with $100,000 worth of jewelry this week. No word on whether either of the necklaces he lifted were from the Gatsby collection.

5. Stolen steez?: Vena Cava accused Alice + Olivia for copying their floral design via Instagram. This one might not count considering the accusation was kind of a stretch.

· Vena Cava Accuses Alice + Olivia of Ripping Off Design [Racked]
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