French police recover stolen Escada jewels

French police have recovered a collection of Escada jewelry worth $2.9 million that was stolen at a Paris airport earlier this month, officials said Thursday.

The Associated Press reported that a maintenance worker at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport and a grocery store owner were arrested in connection with the Aug. 6 theft, police said. Their identities were not revealed.

The jewelry, which had been on show in Monaco, was carried on an Air France flight from the Riviera city of Nice to Paris but disappeared shortly after landing.

Suspicion immediately fell on a 29-year-old airport tarmac worker, who later admitted to police he stole the valuables.

Officials said an accomplice of his, a 30-year-old grocery store owner, stashed the jewels away in a cellar in Montrouge, a suburb south of Paris, where police recovered them on Wednesday, the AP reported.

The collection from the Munich, Germany-based Escada fashion house included 16 bracelets, 29 rings, 10 necklaces, 12 pairs of earrings, seven diamonds, and a necklace entitled “Game of heart” worth an estimated $745,000.