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Crime Branch close to nailing jewel thieves

The scrutiny report has found that the 245 pieces of diamonds recovered from the four foreign nationals arrested in connection with the Rs 6.6 crore sensational diamond heist were among those stolen from a jewellery exhibition.

mumbai Updated: Sep 04, 2010 02:44 IST
HT Correspondent

The scrutiny report has found that the 245 pieces of diamonds recovered from the four foreign nationals arrested in connection with the Rs 6.6 crore sensational diamond heist were among those stolen from a jewellery exhibition.

A total of 887.244 carats of diamonds was stolen from the stall of Dalumi Hong Kong, a Hong Kong-based jewellery firm, from the India International Jewellery Show at Goregaon (East) on August 24. “This is a conclusive proof about their [the four accused's] involvement in the crime," said Deven Bharati, additional commissioner of police.

The police had, on the basis of closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage obtained from the exhibition organisers, identified the four suspects —Mexicans Guerrero Lugo Elvia Grissel (24), Campos Molan Elias (39), Gonzalez Maldonado Mauricio (24) and Venezuelan Gutierez Orlando. The four accused were detained at the Dubai airport on an Interpol alert on August 25. After two days, they were sent to Mumbai, along with the 245 diamonds recovered from them.

Industry sources told Hindustan Times that every processed diamond is unique because the size, polish and cuts vary from diamond to diamond. Moreover, each diamond has a laser impression, denoting the company, which is impossible to erase or tamper with. “It is not difficult to identify a diamond if the specifications are given by the company," said a source.

Dalumi Hong Kong had given a list of all the stolen diamonds, describing the particulars of each one of them. Earlier the police were only armed with the CCTV footage, which had little “evidence value to nail the accused”, but with this "most clinching evidence", the Crime Branch could link the four to the diamond heist.

Sources in the Crime Branch said the test results of the remaining 1,641 pieces of diamonds, which were seized by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, before they could be couriered to Rome, are yet to be obtained. Venezuelan Perez Hender Valmore, the fifth accused who is wanted in the case, had tried to send them to Rome by DHL Courier, before he fled to Dubai and then to South Africa.