Rs 6.6cr diamonds stolen, foreigners held in Dubai

Diamonds worth nearly Rs 6.6 crore were stolen from an exhibition here but the daring heist was cracked in less than a day.

Updated: Aug 25, 2010, 00:45 AM IST

Mumbai: Diamonds worth nearly Rs 6.6 crore
were stolen from an exhibition here but the daring heist was
cracked in less than a day with three Mexicans including a
woman and a Venezuelan, who had swallowed the stones, being
detained today at the Dubai airport.

The breakthrough for the Mumbai police was achieved with
the help of Interpol after Dubai police swooped on the four
jewel thieves on their way to Hamburg when they landed in the
Emirate city. The four foreigners were suspected to have been
involved in the theft of the 887.24 carat on display in a
box at an international exhibition here last evening.

Home Minister R R Patil said tonight "the accused had
swallowed the diamonds and medicine was given to purge the
valuables out."

The accused identified as Ms Guerrero Lugo Elvia
Grissel (24), Campos Molan Elias (39), Gonzalez Madlonado
Mauricio (24)--hail from Mexico-- and Gutierez Orlando of
Venezuela were detained in the wee hours today at the Dubai
airport as a look out notice was issued by the Interpol
following the theft case registered at Goregaon (East) Police
Station here, Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy

The four are being brought to Mumbai, Roy said.

A Non-Bailable Warrant (NBW) was issued against the
four foreigners by a local court and the accused would be
shown under arrest after they are brought to the city.

According to police, the theft of the diamonds
belonging to Israeli company Dalumi Group occurred last
evening at the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) at
NSE ground in suburban Goregaon despite tight security and
surveillance. The group had put up a stall at the five-day
exhibition that ended yesterday.

"We were informed by UAE authority that the diamonds
stolen from the show were recovered. We are awaiting for the
formalities to be completed so that we can send our team
there," Roy said. He did not give details how they were
recovered though a senior police official said there was a
strong possibility that the stones may have been swallowed by
the accused.

According to police, though foreigners were allowed to
visit the show even if they were not associated with gems and
jewellery business, the four foreigners gained entry claiming
they were involved in the same business.

"At around 4.30pm, while the three men engaged in a
talk over the diamonds with an employee of Dalumi group which
had a stall there, Grissel had picked up a box with the
887.24 carat diamonds and hid it in her bag," Roy said.

Initially, Dalumi`s salesman thought it might have
been misplaced. As they could not find the diamonds, they
lodged an FIR with Goregaon (East) Police Station, Roy added.

"After studying the blurred CCTV footages, the
movements of the four of about 1,500 visitors at the show
yesterday were found to be suspicious. Later it was found that
the woman had stolen the precious stones," he said.

As organisers had photo identities and other details
of the accused, the Imigration officials at the Mumbai airport
were alerted but by that time the accused had flown to Dubai
in an Emirates flight at 10.30pm, the Crime Branch chief said.

"They were to fly to Hamburg in Germany from Dubai,"
Roy said adding that, "We are also probing if the four had a
local help here. Going by the way they had carried out the
heist, it seems that they would have had conducted a reccee
and crime was also committed in the last day of the show."