Gang swaps diamonds for pebbles in Indiana Jones-style heist

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Gang swaps diamonds for pebbles in Indiana Jones-style heist

Bogus Russian gemologists pulled off Britain’s biggest jewellery robbery using sleight of hand

Martin Evans

A gang of confidence tricksters pulled off Britain’s biggest theft when they swapped £4.2m worth of diamonds for worthless pebbles during a heist at a leading London jewellers, a court has heard.

Posing as wealthy Russian investors, the thieves arranged to buy seven gems, including a huge heart-shaped diamond valued at more than £2m, from the Boodles store in Mayfair. But when a fake gem expert visited the store to examine the stones in 2016, she used sleight of hand to swap the diamonds for pebbles while the manager was distracted.

The international gang fled Britain before the theft was spotted and the diamonds have never been recovered...

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