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Millions stolen from hotel room

August 11, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Italian police said they were hunting for burglars who stole $15.5 million in cash and jewelry from the hotel room of a Saudi princess.

Police said the princess was not in her room at the Colonna Pevero Hotel in Porto Cervo, a glitzy resort on the island of Sardinia, when the robbers struck last week. The thieves used a master key to gain access, then ripped out the wall safe.

Officials did not publicly identify the princess.

The area is a magnet for luxury yachts and is dotted with villas owned by the rich and powerful, including Italy's prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

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