Thieves strike again at annual gems show

HONG KONG: Organisers of the annual International Jewellery Show here were left with a big egg on their faces when thieves struck again – stealing diamonds worth HK$16mil (RM7.8mil) from two stalls – on the very first day of the fair. 

This is the fourth time in consecutive years that the thieves had struck at the fair held at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. 

On Tuesday, diamonds worth US$1.1mil (RM4.18mil), belonging to a 53-year-old American dealer, were stolen from two leather boxes kept inside showcases at about 11.30am. 

The dealer told police that four people including a woman, all believed to be West Asians, were at his stall before he realised the gems were missing. 

About 15 minutes later, a 35-year-old Belgian jeweller reported that a US$1mil (RM3.8mil) diamond necklace had been stolen from his stall. 

This time, the jeweller claimed a European couple were responsible for the theft.  

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