After Heist on Lupin Set, 7 Hit With Charges

Authorities are still seeking others after Feb. 25 incident in which $330K in equipment was stolen
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 3, 2022 7:54 AM CST
Updated Mar 19, 2022 6:00 AM CDT
Netflix Heist Drama Lupin Ends Up Target of Thieves
This image released by Netflix shows Omar Sy in a scene from the series "Lupin."   (Netflix via AP)

(Newser) Update: Seven youths have been charged in connection with a heist last month on the set of the Netflix series Lupin. On Feb. 25, about 20 thieves descended upon production taking place in the Nanterre district of France, outside of Paris, swiping equipment worth $330,000. According to AFP, the suspects charged Friday, who range in age from 13 to 21, are facing charges of armed robbery as part of an organized gang and receiving stolen goods, per the BBC. A source tells AFP the youths are known to local authorities, per the Guardian. Three of the accused are being held in custody, with the other four are under judicial supervision. Cops say some of the equipment has since been recovered, and that they continue to search for others who were involved in the heist. Our original story from March 3 follows:

Netflix has confirmed that there was a theft from the set of French heist series Lupin last week—but the thieves didn't use the subtle methods of the series' protagonist. According to AFP, a masked gang of around 20 people raided the set on the outskirts of Paris during filming after throwing mortar fireworks. They made off with equipment worth around $330,000. "There was an incident on Feb. 25 while filming the upcoming season of Lupin," Netflix said in a statement to Variety. "Our cast and crew are safe and there were no injuries." Netflix says filming was paused but it resumed Monday.

The theft came just a day after thieves in Britain swiped props worth around $200,000 from The Crown, another Netflix series. Lupin, now in its third season, is one of Netflix's biggest international hits. Omar Sy stars as a "gentleman thief" inspired by fictional French thief and master of disguise Arsene Lupin. The Guardian reports that a 21-year-old man who robbed the bar of a church oratory in Italy in October told police he was using methods he had seen in Lupin. But his heist was not a great success: He made off with around $23 and a bottle of soda but had to be treated for injuries he sustained while breaking through a glass door. (More on that bumbling attempt here.)

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