Leonardo DiCaprio Briefly Mistaken For Jewelry Thief In Sydney

September 9, 2011
Leonardo DiCaprio arrives at Narita International Airport in Narita, Japan on July 19, 2010 -- WireImage

A hooded, sunglasses-wearing Leonardo DiCaprio sparked a brief panic at a Sydney, Australia jewelry story on Thursday.

The mistaken identify snafu went down at Sydney's The Family Jewels store where the actor turned up to check out some bling.

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"All of a sudden these two big burly guys came into the shop," shop owner Kane Kelfkens told Splash News.

"We saw a hooded figure come in with dark glasses and [my sales assistant Linda] thought, 'Oh boy, this is serious.' So, she rushed next door and said, 'There might be a hold up next door,'" he explained. "[She] realized that Leo was the man under the hood. He'd taken off his glasses and she relaxed."

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Despite the brief tense moment, Linda kept her sense of humor about the situation.

"She actually had a bit of a joke with him about thinking that he might have been a thief. When he wanted to a look at one of the necklaces, she said, 'Don't you run out the door with that necklace,'" he recalled.

Kane said the actor was looking at a $1600 Nepalese antique necklace adorned with lapis lazuli and coral for his mother.

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"One of the best ones we have in the store," Kane said of the necklace.

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