Diamonds worth $3 million stolen from Hong Kong jewelry fair

Thieves stole diamonds and other jewelry worth $3 million in three separate heists during a jewelry fair in downtown Hong Kong, the Associated Press reports.

The biggest theft involved a box of diamonds totaling 659 cts. and worth $2.04 million, which was reported missing by a 34-year-old Belgian dealer Wednesday morning, Hong Kong police spokesman Sidney Chan reportedly said Thursday.

The dealer, who was identified only by his surname Raz, told police he put the box in a safe inside the exhibition hall Tuesday night but that it was missing the next morning, Chan reportedly said.

In another case, the employee of another exhibitor reported a box of 90 diamonds worth $771,000 was stolen from a bench in his booth, the AP reports.

He told police he put the box on the bench rather than back into a safe as he intended, after a foreign woman asked him to show her some jewelry. After helping the woman, the staff found the box was missing. Police are looking for the woman, Chan reportedly said.

In the third heist, a suitcase containing $193,000 worth of diamonds and gold jewelry apparently was stolen while it was delivered to the exhibition hall.

Chan said there was no evidence that the three thefts were related and no one has been arrested.

The fair, which opened Wednesday, runs through Sunday.

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