London: Prosecutors say thieves used
sawed-off shotguns and professional makeup artists in a
carefully planned diamond heist last summer.
They say nine robbers made off with gems, then worth 40
million pounds , from the exclusive Graff Diamonds flagship
store in London`s posh New Bond Street shopping district
during a violent daytime raid.
The men are accused of kidnapping, conspiracy and other
crimes stemming from one of Britain`s biggest-ever jewel
Prosecutors said today that one woman employee was
briefly taken hostage during the robbery.
The store closed briefly after the robbery and has since
reopened with additional security systems and personnel.
All nine defendants deny the charges.