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Who stole this $5 million diamond-encrusted gold eagle statue? Video,Pics & Story

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Canadian Police are looking into the robbery of an 18-pound, solid-gold, diamond-encrusted eagle statue in British Columbia, worth about $5 million according to the statue’s owner.

The golden statue was supposed to be the centrepiece of a campaign launched in conjunction with a series of books and events to raise money for cancer research.The statue, called The Maltese Eagle, was supposed to be the centrepiece for “The World’s Greatest Treasure Hunt: Quest for the Golden Eagle,” a campaign launched in conjunction with a series of books and events to raise money for cancer research, owner Ron Shore, who operates a telecommunications company, told CNN.

The eagle had been on display for four days at the Art! Vancouver exhibit and was in transit to a secret vault when the theft occurred on Sunday night.

Shore said he mortgaged his house and used inheritance money and credit cards to finance the making of the eagle.

“Unfortunately what will probably happen is that all of the jewels will be pulled out of the head because it had basically a cape of diamonds,” sculptor Kevin Peters, who spent nearly four years creating the statue, told NewsTalk 770. “And it has three types of gold and will be probably melted down.”

But taking the jewells off would be difficult, and a novice would likely end up breaking some of the gems, David Ritter, president of the Canadian Jewellers Association, told News 1130.

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One of the largest gems present in the statue was the Atocha Star, a 12-carat emerald that was recovered in 1985 from the Nuestra Señora de Atocha, a Spanish treasure galleon that sank in 1622. The Atocha Star is itself estimated to be worth at least $3 million.

This is not the first time the eagle has been targeted. In a 2010 interview, Shore told The Vancouver Sun that RCMP accompanied him and the eagle to an event because of concerns organized crime elements might be looking to steal it.

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Cincinnati USA: Diamond Heist Foiled as Thieves Get Stuck in Elevator

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A couple who broke into a jewelry store in Sycamore Township in Cincinnati, Ohio, stole 26 diamond rings Thursday night. Unfortunately for them, they were caught at the store when they became trapped in an elevator, cincinnati.com reports.

Leroy Bridgman, 56, is accused of breaking into Diamonds Rock with his accomplice, Marcie Young, 61. The two are accused of trying to steal $86,000 worth of diamond rings.

After breaking the glass doors of the store, they tried to flee to the basement, where they had parked, by using the elevator. They became trapped with the diamond rings, screwdriver, and a ski mask, according to police

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PINK PANTHER DIAMOND THEFT GANG MEMBER BORKO ILINCIC ARRESTED IN SPAIN

Member of Pink Panther jewel-thief gang arrested in Spain

Borko Ilincic, who is wanted for a string of high-profile and daring robberies across the world, is being held by Spanish police after being arrested leaving a hotel in a rental car

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An alleged leader of the Pink Panther robbery gang who is wanted over a spectacular jewellery raid in Dubai has been arrested in Spain.

Borko Ilincic, 33, is suspected of being part of the team behind a £2.5 million diamond heist at the Wafi City Mall in Dubai in 2007, in which the suspects raced through the shopping complex in two stolen cars. Ilincic was held by Spanish police in the town of Alcala de Hanares, near Madrid, as he drove out of a hotel in a hire car.

Detectives said he was carrying a Bosnian passport when he was arrested, although Mr Ilincic’s Interpol wanted file lists him as being from Serbia, from where many of the Panther gang hail.

Believed to have been formed by smugglers and militiamen from the Balkan civil wars, the Panthers are known for their inventiveness and meticulous planning, which has earned them the grudging respect of their police adversaries.

In the Wafi Mall robbery, footage of was posted on YouTube, staff at the store were threatened with replica handguns. After fleeing, the robbers then torched their getaway vehicles in a bid to destroy evidence, but Dubai police were still able to recover DNA samples. Another suspect was arrested shortly after the robbery after he tried to collect jewellery from the car, which had secretly been left under police surveillance

The Panthers got their nickname after a diamond stolen during a raid in London was later found hidden in a jar of face cream, copying a tactic used in the original 1963 Pink Panther crime comedy, starring Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau. They are thought to have robbed around £100 million worth of jewels from raids worldwide, fencing them off through Balkans crime networks.

Many of their robberies have taken place on the French Riviera, where the Pink Panther films were shot, although they have also struck as far away as Dubai, Tokyo, and London.

Their most spectacular prize to date is the Comtesse de Vendome, a 125-carat necklace of 116 diamonds worth around £20 million. It was stolen from a Tokyo jewellers in 2004, where raiders arrived on bicycles and disguised themselves with anti-pollution masks, using tear-gas to subdue store staff.

In Paris in 2004, they waited until store staff were distracted by a visit from the French prime minister’s wife before sneaking gems worth 11m euros from an unguarded safe, while in another robbery in Cannes, they put fresh paint on a bench opposite the jewellery store to deter potential witnesses from sitting there.

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PINK DIAMOND THIEF GETS 4 YEARS PRISON IN QLD AUSTRALIA

British tourist jailed for four years over $250,000 diamond theft in Cairns in far north Queensland

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A 31-year-old British national who stole a diamond worth $250,000 in Cairns last year has been sentenced to four years in jail by a far north Queensland court.

The District Court heard Matthew Mark Luke John Osborne ran from the Cairns jewellery store with the rare pink argyle diamond in February last year, after asking to see the gem up close.

Police used security camera footage and fingerprints to track Osborne.

He was arrested at a Melbourne airport as he was about to board a flight to New Zealand several days after the theft.

When Osborne was arrested he told police he swallowed the gem, but it was never recovered.

Today, his lawyer said the diamond had actually been lost during a camping trip and that Osborne’s decision to steal it had been spontaneous.

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LONDON Hatton Garden diamond & jewel heist: New pictures show how a gang stole $116m on Easter

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Run the jewels: The thieves used a heavy duty drill to bore holes into the vault wall. Photo: London Metropolitan Police

British police have released new images showing the extraordinary lengths the Hatton Garden burglars went to in their lucrative heist over the Easter weekend.

The team of robbers raided a safety deposit business in the vault of a London building, making off with a reported £60 million ($A116 million) worth of precious stones and jewellery.

Police believe they entered the premises through a side door on the night before Good Friday.

The building houses several businesses who share an entrance. Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd was in the basement.

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The robbers disabled the communal lift on the second floor then used the lift shaft to climb down into the basement from the ground floor. They forced open shutter doors into the basement where Hatton Garden Safety Deposit is located, then made their way to the vault

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A total of 72 safety deposit boxes were opened, out of 999 boxes in the vault. Of these, seven were vacant, and 11 were due to be drilled out for non-payment of fees, police said.

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The thieves used a heavy duty drill – a Hilti DD350 – to bore holes into the vault wall. The wall is half a metre thick and made of re-enforced concrete.

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They then used wheelie bins to move the jewels to their white getaway van.

The suspects dressed as construction workers and gas workers, and timed the raid over the Easter long weekend, entering on Thursday night and leaving on Easter Sunday.

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It later emerged that an alarm at the premises set off on Good Friday was ignored by police.

Drilling was heard by neighbours but didn’t lead to any investigation.

Police have so far made no arrests.

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H. Goldie India employee cheats many diamond companies of over Rs. 50 crore

Nirav Shah (3rd from Left) and Sharookh Kocheck (3rd from right)

Nirav Shah (3rd from Left) and Sharookh Kocheck (3rd from right)

Diamond business runs on ‘TRUST’. Here, diamond companies indulge in business worth millions on the basis of one’s market reputation and trust. There is no other guarantee needed here. And, why would need be? This is how, it works, echo many diamantaires.

It is not that there has never been breach of trust in the industry. But, diamond companies have always had mutually solved the problems in case of defaults.

This time, there has been not one but more than 30 diamond companies from Mumbai and Surat have been duped for diamonds worth Rs. 50 crore. The amount could be more than this as Diamond World is yet to get information on the exact quantum of the loss incurred.

Around 2013, Sharookh Kocheck, MD, H. Goldie (India) Ltd introduced Nirav Shah as an employee of H. Goldie India to many diamond companies in Mumbai and Surat. Nirav Shah was introduced as an employee who would conduct business in India on behalf of H. Goldie India. Till December 2014, diamonds worth crores of rupees were traded through Nirav Shah. However, in January 2015, Nirav Shah bought goods worth around Rs. 50 crore on memo from various diamond companies in Mumbai and Surat and eventually fled with the goods.

The diamond companies have filed an FIR. Even Nirav Shah was arrested but later was bailed out. Complaints to H. Goldie & Co. (UK) have released a statement saying that the ‘unauthorised transactions’ carried out by an employee of the Indian subsidiary of H. Goldie UK., viz. H. Goldie Consultants and Marketing India Pvt Ltd (“H. Goldie India”) without either the knowledge or consent of H. Goldie UK. “H. Goldie India has said that Nirav Shah is no more their employee so should not be held responsible for the business that was conducted. If this was so then why it was not made known to all the diamond companies,” said a diamond company.

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Shree Ramkrishna Export staff member India absconds with rough diamonds worth Rs. 3 crore

Rough diamonds worth Rs. 3 crore were stolen from Shree Ramkrishna Exports’ Surat office. On Monday i.e. 16th March, a known staff member who has been working with SRK for the last three years, stole roughs worth Rs. 3 crore in 3 minutes in a broad daylight in the presence of 30 guards. Despite of the 825 CCTV cameras, the thief was successful in executing the theft.

The thief must have meticulously planned each and every action before carrying out theft, says police.

The thief has been identified as Sagar Ramesh Kapuriya, a 21 year old, belonging to a village called Jam Dadar from Jamkandorna Taluka in Rajkot District of Gujarat. He had been working with SRK for the last 3 years and had gained everybody’s confidence. He was referred to SRK through his uncle Jayantibhai, who is an ex-employee of SRK Surat.

On 16th March, Sagar reportedly entered company premises between 8.30 am to 9 am, which is a regular time for morning shift employees. He collected the roughs but instead of delivering them to the assorters, he left office with 2546 carats diamonds. As he did not reach the assorters as per the scheduled time, the concerned officials alerted the guards and looked through CCTV cameras. CCTV footage showed Sagar leaving office with the goods using backdoor of the company premises. As he was a known employee, even guards did not doubt his intentions.

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DIAMOND HEIST IN BRUSSELS 2 YEARS AGO HAVE POLICE NOW RAIDING SEVERAL HOMES & ARRESTING SUSPECTS

Brussels airport diamond heist: police launch fresh raids

WITH STORY BELGIUM DIAMOND HEIST - In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, baggage carts make their way past a Helvetic Airways aircraft from which about $50 million worth of diamonds were stolen on the tarmac of Brussels international airport. Belgian authorities are hoping they have made a major breakthrough in solving a two-year-old heist of some 40 million euros in diamonds and gems that were stolen in a brazen attack at Brussels international airport. During a series of raids early Monday, March 16, 2015, authorities made several arrests and were analyzing goods that could be linked to the Feb. 18, 2013 theft, which still ranks as one of the biggest diamond heists in recent memory. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File)

WITH STORY BELGIUM DIAMOND HEIST – In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, baggage carts make their way past a Helvetic Airways aircraft from which about $50 million worth of diamonds were stolen on the tarmac of Brussels international airport. Belgian authorities are hoping they have made a major breakthrough in solving a two-year-old heist of some 40 million euros in diamonds and gems that were stolen in a brazen attack at Brussels international airport. During a series of raids early Monday, March 16, 2015, authorities made several arrests and were analyzing goods that could be linked to the Feb. 18, 2013 theft, which still ranks as one of the biggest diamond heists in recent memory. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File) The Associated Press

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Police carried out a series of house raids on 16 March in connection with the big diamond heist at Brussels national airport two years ago. Several people were detained and goods have been seized.It was on February 18 2013 that armed gangsters raided an aircraft that was about to leave and got away with 40 million euros’ worth of diamonds.Part of the booty has been recovered and several people have been identified as suspects. The rest of the booty remains missing and a number of suspects are still to be identified.Today’s raids focused on locations where diamonds can be stored temporarily after fresh evidence emerged.Hale Vilvoorde prosecutors are not commenting further as they prepare to examine the goods that were seized this morning.

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BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities are hoping they have made a major breakthrough in solving a heist of diamonds and gems worth some 40 million euros ($42 million) at Brussels’ international airport two years ago.

After a series of raids early Monday, authorities briefly detained several suspects and were analyzing goods that could be linked to the brazen theft, which ranks as one of the biggest diamond heists in memory.

On Feb. 18, 2013, eight gunmen cut a fence around Brussels airport, drove onto the tarmac where an armored car was transferring the gems onto a Zurich-bound airplane and drove off again with the loot.

Even though 14 have already been charged for direct and indirect involvement in the case, over 30 million euros in gems are still missing, said an official, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

Investigators first struck with a slew of detentions in Belgium, France and Switzerland during the spring of 2013 and seized cash, precious stones and luxury cars. But hopes that all the diamonds could quickly be recovered evaporated with time.

“It is a rather small part that has been recovered,” the official said.

But with the material seized Monday, investigators hope they have enough for “a big breakthrough.” Officials refused to say how many people had been detained but said they had to be released at the end of the day.

The theft quickly gained worldwide renown because of the bold plan of attack that some likened to a screenplay in the Ocean’s movie trilogy. With pinpoint precision, the thieves anticipated when an armored car from Antwerp’s famous diamond district would arrive at the airport.

The only weak point in its travel to Switzerland was the transfer onto the plane. So with black cars and blue police lights they cut onto the tarmac and in dark police clothing and toting machine guns they stopped the transport and loaded the diamonds into their cars.

They then made a high-speed getaway.

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BELGIUM DIAMOND HEIST – In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, an armored truck of Brinks Diamond an Jewelry Services arrives at the cargo section of Brussels international airport. Belgian authorities are hoping they have made a major breakthrough in solving a two-year-old heist of some 40 million euros in diamonds and gems that were stolen in a brazen attack at Brussels international airport. During a series of raids early Monday, March 16, 2015, authorities made several arrests and were analyzing goods that could be linked to the Feb. 18, 2013 theft, which still ranks as one of the biggest diamond heists in recent memory. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File)The Associated Press

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 BELGIUM DIAMOND HEIST – In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 file photo, airport security officers stand near a fence [above] that was cut next to the tarmac, at Brussels international airport. Belgian authorities are hoping they have made a major breakthrough in solving a two-year-old heist of some 40 million euros in diamonds and gems that were stolen in a brazen attack at Brussels international airport. During a series of raids early Monday, March 16, 2015, authorities made several arrests and were analyzing goods that could be linked to the Feb. 18, 2013 theft, which still ranks as one of the biggest diamond heists in recent memory. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe, File)The Associated Press

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Tourist charged over pink diamond theft in Cairns Australia yet to see fate

The missing diamond.

A British tourist charged over the theft of a rare pink diamond in Cairns will learn his fate next month.

Detectives allege Matthew Mark Luke John Osborne, 30, stole the Argyle diamond, worth more than $100,000, from a Cairns jeweller in February last year.

He was arrested at Melbourne Airport five days later as he prepared to board a flight to the UK via New Zealand.

The diamond has never been found.

Osborne’s case was mentioned briefly in the Cairns District Court on Tuesday when a sentencing date was set down for April 30. He has entered no plea.

His lawyer, Vicki Toong, asked for the delay to allow mental health reports to arrive from the UK.

Osborne has been in custody since his arrest.

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Diamond Thief Gets 15 Years in Paris Heist

The Harry Winston boutique in Paris, file

The Harry Winston boutique attracts a wealthy clientele

PARIS — A French court meted out a prison sentence of 15 years on Friday to a convicted drug trafficker considered the ringleader of a spectacular $100 million diamond heist at a Harry Winston jewelry store that thieves in flowing wigs carried out with inside knowledge from a security guard.

Throughout the trial, which lasted almost four weeks, the main defendant, Daoudi Yahiaoui, 50, minimized his role in the 2008 robbery in the so-called golden triangle of luxury boutiques in Paris. But the tribunal concluded that he was the brain behind the robbery and a holdup in 2007, which together resulted in the theft of more than 900 diamonds and other jewels.

Mr. Yahiaoui was one of eight men on trial, and the others were sentenced to prison terms of nine months to 15 years. With video of the 2008 robbery, the plot unraveled over the years as the thieves sought to sell the gems, unaware that their telephones were tapped and they were being tailed by investigators seeking to recover the jewels. About 500 gems remain missing.

Mouloud Djennad, 39, the guard who admitted being the “inside man” in the plot, was sentenced to five years, but he remained free with three years of the punishment suspended and additional time reduced for the period he spent in pretrial detention.

During the trial, he expressed remorse for his actions, apologizing to a former co-worker, who was a witness, and weeping in his hands.

The trial, which started Feb. 3, offered an unusual view of the plotting of a diamond theft, one of many that jolted the luxury districts of the French capital in a wave of organized robberies.

The robbery seemed flawlessly executed, but the thieves were tripped up by a series of mistakes, like leaving behind a handbag with a fingerprint, and by their troubled efforts to sell the diamonds amid tensions with intermediaries scouting for buyers.

In March 2011, on the fifth search of Mr. Yahiaoui’s home in a Paris suburb, investigators found stuffed in a drainpipe a hand cream bottle that contained missing earrings, assorted rings and a 31-carat diamond solitaire.

The actual estimates of the loss varied because of the difference in retail and wholesale values of the gems. In court, a lawyer for Harry Winston testified that the company had received insurance payments of $36.7 million for the 2007 holdup and $52.6 million for the second robbery.

Recovered jewellery, 2009

Some of the jewellery was recovered but most remains missing

Many of the men on trial are related to each other. Mr. Yahiaoui’s brother-in-law introduced the guard to him after he casually revealed security weaknesses in the jewelry store. Mr. Yahiaoui’s brother and nephew were also sentenced in the plot.

Lawyers for the guard defended his involvement by saying he was naïve and trusted Mr. Yahiaoui because they shared family roots in the Kabylie region in northeastern Algeria. Mr. Djennad, who has been working in a butcher shop while awaiting the trial, said he had become trapped in his friendship with Mr. Yahiaoui, who intimidated him into participating in the second robbery in 2008 despite his misgivings after the first holdup.

Grainy black-and-white video from the store shows him opening the door to the men in their outlandish outfits and then standing by the door as they fled with a rolling suitcase of gems.

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