Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Gems worth 1 million US dollars stolen at Hong Kong jewellery fair

Hong Kong - Gems worth 1 million US dollars were stolen on the first day of an international jewellery trade fair in Hong Kong, police said Wednesday.
Two men were arrested for allegedly stealing a seven-carat diamond worth 450,000 US dollars and replacing it with a fake on Tuesday at the five-day Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair.
Later, an emerald necklace worth more than 500,000 US dollars was stolen from another booth, and in two separate incidents thieves snatched pearls worth a total of 25,000 US dollars, a police spokesman said.
The exhibition at Hong Kong's AsiaWorld Expo and Convention and Exhibition Centre showcases 3,200 exhibitors from 45 countries and is expected to draw a total of 40,000 visitors before it ends on Saturday.

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