Several thefts reported at Hong Kong jewelry fair

Four major thefts of jewelry and diamonds valued at $1.88 million have been reported at the Hong Kong Jewelry & Watch Fair, according to The Associated Press.

Thieves stole a box of 200 diamonds worth $1 million from a Belgian exhibitor at The Hong Kong Jewelry & Watch Fair Thursday, the AP reports.

Police said the Belgian man told officials he suspected the diamonds were taken by three men and a woman posing as customers, the AP reports. Police did not release the exhibitor’s name.

The jewelry, which had been placed on top of a safe, disappeared shortly after the four had visited the booth Thursday afternoon, the man said, according to police spokeswoman Seiko Ho.

On Wednesday, prior to the show’s opening later that day, A 70-year-old Israeli exhibitor, identified only by his surname, Eliezri, told police that someone had stolen his bag carrying gem stones worth $500,000 at a hotel business center, police spokeswoman Cherry Ya, told the AP.

Also on Wednesday, thieves took two pearl necklaces valued at $80,000 from another unidentified exhibitor at the fair site, spokeswoman Ho said.

On Tuesday, the AP reports, that someone broke into the two South Korean exhibitors’ hotel room in the Tsim Sha Tsui district and made off with a briefcase containing jewelry worth $300,000 Tuesday, police spokeswoman Carrie So said.

The two South Korean men, who had left the room when the theft happened, were identified only by their surnames and ages, 34-year-old Back and 45-year-old Daik, So said.

The South China Morning Post quoted a district chief inspector, Chau Kwok-fai, as saying the briefcase contained about 1,400 items, including diamond rings, bracelets and necklaces.

No arrests have been made, the AP reports.

The fair, which opened Wednesday, will run till Sunday.

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