Police say they have recovered nearly $1,181,900 in jewels stolen last month in a holdup at a Cartier jewelry store in the southeastern French city of Lyon.

A police official says officers came across the stash by accident while searching the apartment of a suspect in another jewelry theft. The suspect is still at large.

The police official spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because of department policy.

In the Nov. 26 attack on the Cartier store, thieves used a sledgehammer to smash through the reinforced glass on the downtown storefront. They then swiped jewelry and watches from display cases.

The attackers roughed up the store's manager and slapped one customer but no one was injured.