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Brussels airport heist gets armed

gang $50 million- uncut diamonds

Michael Allan McCrae | February 19, 2013

On Monday night two cars with armed robbers penetrated the Brussels Airport, drove up to a Swiss plane being loaded with cargo and made off with $50 million in uncut diamonds.

Police said the heist was conducted with clockwork precision. The robbery took less than three minutes to complete.

The eight robbers were armed and hooded. The target was Helvetic Airways aircraft, which was completing a diamond consignment. There were passengers aboard the plane, but they were not able to see the incident that unfolded below them.

No shots were fired.

The robbers gained access to the airport by cutting a hole in the security fence. The robbery also included some precious metals.


About $2 million worth of gold nuggets and precious gems were stolen Friday afternoon from the Californian Mariposa Mining and Mineral Museum, a State Parks spokesman said.

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According to CBS47 News, a group of armed robbers threatened museum staff before stealing the gems and gold, but no one was hurt.

It was reported than some of the stolen gold pieces are fairly large, about the size of a fist in some cases, so police think they would be very difficult to sell.

The Mariposa museum, visited by more than 20,000 people per year, contains examples of rare and valuable minerals from around California and the world. Parts of the collection date back more than a century.


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Gold & diamond, precious gem rings

worth more than $250,000 stolen

in daylight burglary at house

A GEMSTONE and jewellery hobbyist had 384 precious rings stolen after three men broke into his Townsville home in broad daylight and randomly stumbled across the jackpot – which he believed was worth around half a million dollars.

Two of the three accused, Joshua Kelly Aaron Mareko, 20, and Brooks Angus McCallum, 21, pleaded guilty yesterday in the Townsville District Court to “burglary by break in company” and “stealing in excess $5000”.

Victim Phillip Lynch-Harlow, a former Ayr State High School teacher, lost the huge haul of valuables on October 5, 2009, from his 15-year hobby in gem cutting, gold and silver smithing, The Townsville Bulletin said.

The rings were nine to 18-carat gold, set with diamonds, sapphires, garnets, rubies and other treasures – including rare colour-change stones and precious gems from across the world.

Mr Lynch-Harlow had relocated his precious cargo from Ingham to Ayr.

He had taken four custom-made boxes, each containing 96 rings, out of a safe and stored them in a bedroom cupboard. None of the rings were insured “due to the sheer cost”.

Also missing, claimed Mr Lynch-Harlow, was 24 plain gold rings, 24 rare stone rings, 3kg of silver charms, 800g of nine-carat gold chain, 400g of 18-carat gold chain and his wife’s irreplaceable jewellery collection.

Crown prosecutor Belinda Bray said Mareko, McCallum and another male had not planned to target Mr Lynch-Harlow but had decided to break into a house that happened to be the complainant’s after going for a walk.

The men’s pot luck was valued by the Crown as being worth around $453,120 – based on six of 96 recovered rings returned to the victim.

However that initial claim was reduced by half, to $250,000, after Mr Lynch-Harlow was unable to provide receipts or records of the stolen goods and it was contested by the defence.

There’s a difficulty in putting an exact figure on the items taken, with no records of purchasing because Mr Lynch-Harlow is simply just a hobbyist,” Ms Bray said.

The average price calculations were objected to by Mareko and McCallum’s defence barristers, Claire McKinnon and Ted Bassett, as being fundamentally flawed, relying on too small a sample and valued at commercial prices.

Judge John Baulch SC is expected to sentence the pair today. The third accused is yet to face court.



An Aladdin’s cave-style den of allegedly stolen goods has been uncovered by police investigating a series of burglaries in Sydney and Melbourne.[Australia]

The $6.5 million haul – including 120 kilograms of silver bullion, thousands of pieces of jewellery, family heirlooms, precious gems and $4 million in cash – was found at a storage unit in Crystal Street, Waterloo yesterday.

Police allege the items were stolen during a string of home burglaries on Sydney’s north shore and a break-in at a storage unit in Ivanhoe, northeast Melbourne, earlier this year.

Detectives set up a strike force to investigate the alleged burglaries in September and arrested two men, aged 33 and 56, at a boarding house in Randwick, in Sydney’s east, on December 19.
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The men were extradited to Victoria and remanded in custody.

Inquiries regarding the Sydney burglaries are ongoing, NSW police said.


Diamonds may be a symbol of loving partnership and a girl’s best friend,but

are they also becoming a close friend to organised crime? There is growing
evidence of organised crime syndicates becoming involved in the lucrative
international diamond trade. Found only in certain regions of the world,
diamonds are a finite natural resource—often difficult to mine.
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Limited abundance combined with strong consumer demand for gem-quality stones
make diamonds a highly valued commodity. Desire by criminal operators to
tap into this wealth through illicit means has encouraged the growth of theft
and fraud within the diamond industry. Furthermore, diamonds are being
used in certain parts of the world to finance more insidious activities including
drug and arms dealing.
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On 22 October 2001, the Australian Institute of
Criminology held a roundtable meeting on “Illicit Aspects of the Diamond
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within the diamond industry, reviews Australia’s experience with diamond related
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