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Suspect in gem theft arrested on show return

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

A man wanted in connection with the theft of a gemstone bracelet at a jewelry exhibition was arrested when he returned to the scene of the crime.

The suspect, a 37-year-old Filipino, was identified by police stationed at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show when he turned up at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

He was wanted in connection with the theft of a red gemstone bracelet valued at HK$131,000 on November 29.

The suspect was filmed on closed circuit television and his image posted on the police wanted list when officers failed to trace him three months ago.

On the first day of the show yesterday, the organizer deployed additional security guards due to previous thefts.

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The Hong Kong Island Regional Crime Unit also brought in officers, who were issued with a list of jewel thieves, to monitor the event.

According to a police source, the man arrested - who was well-dressed and posing as a foreign jewelry company buyer - entered the exhibition hall soon after it opened.

He was stopped by police after they noticed his appearance was similar to that in a photo issued earlier.

The suspect allegedly admitted under questioning that he was connected to the theft of the gemstone bracelet and was taken into custody at police headquarters in Wan Chai.

Chief superintendent Kwan King- bun said officers are investigating whether he had any accomplices.

CCTV footage shows a man entering an exhibition stall carrying a black bag and asking a female staff member to show him jewelry.

She took out more than 20 gemstone and diamond bracelets valued from HK$100,000 to HK$150,000 for him to inspect. He took a bracelet to look at and then held up his mobile phone as though talking to someone. It is suspected that when he hung up the bracelet was put in his bag along with the phone.

Meanwhile, there was another suspected theft at the show yesterday. A 52-year-old foreigner told police four bracelets worth a total of HK$5,000 are missing from his stall.

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