This might sound like a movie script – Ocean’s 8 anyone? -but a real life jewellery heist took place in the UK.
The century-old Portland tiara, that belongs to the British royal family, was taken by thieves out of an armored glass display case inside the Welbeck Estate in Nottinghamshire.
Adorned in diamonds and ‘worth millions’, the headpiece was originally commissioned from Cartier for Winifred, Duchess of Portland to wear to the 1902 coronation of King Edward VII – The Queen’s great grandfather. According to reports, last Tuesday the thieves smashed the display with power tools. Spokesperson from the estate told the BBC:
“Security services missed the thieves by 90 seconds and the police arrived on the scene two minutes later.”
James Lewis of a British auction house Bamford, told the news outlet that the tiara, which features a rectangular Portland Diamond in the middle with diamond pendants surrounding, could be broken up making it a challenge to recover.
At the moment, Nottinghamshire Police have reached out to the public for any information regarding a silver Audi S5 in the Welbeck area late that evening.