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Netflix’s ‘Lupin’ Set Hit with Robbery Day After ‘The Crown’ Jewel Heist

Agatha Christie and Sherlock Holmes, where are you? In what might be called the “Netfilch Case,” huge troves of props have recently been pilfered from Netflix sets on both sides of the Channel. 

On February 25, flics in a Parisian banlieue were summoned to the set of Lupin in Nanterre to investigate a heist that reportedly netted more than $300,000 worth of equipment for a gang of 20 masked bandits who stormed onto the set after detonating mortars and fireworks. No injuries were reported, and shooting with Omar Sy on Part 3 of the TV series resumed the very next day.

The dramatic grab-and-go came a day after another Netflix theft, this time in Yorkshire, England, when thieves made off with 350 period props worth more than $200,000 by breaking into vehicles at a lorry park in Mexborough. The props were destined for the 1990s royal series, The Crown. While the theft did not immediately halt production, and no injuries were reported, two unidentified sources were quoted in The Sun as saying: “Producers have an incredible eye for detail and every item was meticulously chosen. To lose the lot is just heartbreaking,” and “This couldn’t have come at a more frustrating time. 

The stash included hard-to-replace items like a replica of the Romanov 1897 coronation coach egg by Faberg, a number of Russian religious icons, part of a grandfather clock from the era of William IV, plus assorted candelabra, decanters, and glassware. Police and antique dealers on both sides of the Channel are investigating the thefts and are trying to determine whether the incidents might be related.

The French theft didn’t seem to faze Omar Sy, who appeared on stage to accept a Cesar Award just a few hours afterwards. In Lupin, Sy is reprising his role as Assane Diop, a so-called “gentleman thief” inspired by Maurice Leblanc’s character, Arsène Lupin. The show represents Netflix’s hottest global property after Squid Game.

Edward Moran
Edward Moranhttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to hosokinema.com and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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