Luxury watch store in Cannes latest heist victim

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A view of the Carlton hotel, in Cannes, southern France, the scene of a daylight raid, Sunday July 28, 2013. A staggering 40 million euro ($53 million) worth of jewels and diamonds were stolen Sunday from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, in one of Europe's biggest jewelry heists recent years, police said. French police say a luxury watch store has been robbed on the same exclusive promenade in Cannes, Wednesday July 31, 2013. A Cannes police union representative, says two armed men, their faces concealed by scarves and caps, made off with a "significant" haul of luxury watches during the robbery at Kronometry, less than a half mile from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel where a single gunman stole the jewels on Sunday. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
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A view of the Carlton hotel, in Cannes, southern France, the scene of a daylight raid, Sunday July 28, 2013. A staggering 40 million euro ($53 million) worth of jewels and diamonds were stolen Sunday from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel in Cannes, in one of Europe's biggest jewelry heists recent years, police said. French police say a luxury watch store has been robbed on the same exclusive promenade in Cannes, Wednesday July 31, 2013. A Cannes police union representative, says two armed men, their faces concealed by scarves and caps, made off with a "significant" haul of luxury watches during the robbery at Kronometry, less than a half mile from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel where a single gunman stole the jewels on Sunday. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

PARIS (AP) — French police say a luxury watch store has been robbed on the same exclusive promenade in Cannes where a gunman made off with $136 million in diamonds this week.

Frederic Foncel, a Cannes police union representative, says two armed men, their faces concealed by scarves and caps, made off with a "significant" haul of luxury watches during Wednesday's robbery at Kronometry, less than a half mile from the Carlton Intercontinental Hotel where a single gunman stole the jewels on Sunday.

Foncel said at least one of the men had a grenade and both escaped. He criticized the city's approach to security, saying Cannes is becoming a routine target for thieves.

An employee at Kronometry declined to comment.

Sunday's heist ranks among the biggest jewelry thefts of all time.

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