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Insider hand in Rs 4-cr diamond heist, say police

The DB Marg police suspect that the Rs 4 crore diamond robbery is an inside job and only after that theory proves wrong will they investigate other angles, reports Megha Sood.

mumbai Updated: Apr 17, 2010 02:00 IST
Megha Sood

The DB Marg police suspect that the Rs 4 crore diamond robbery is an inside job and only after that theory proves wrong will they investigate other angles.

The police said the assorting office of PNS Shringar, located in Sakinaka building at Charni Road, has four employees who buy diamonds from agents and sort it by its cut, weight and quality.

“The robber had access to the duplicate keys for the doors and locker and this could have been possible only with the help of an insider who would have access to the original keys,” said Inspector Vinod Sawant.

The incident came to light on Thursday morning after a peon found the door open. He informed his employer who lodged a complaint that diamonds worth Rs 4 crore were missing from his shop.

Apart from the diamonds a coin with a deity figure on it worth Rs 10,000 was also robbed, which baffled the police.

“The coin was robbed probably to mislead the police into thinking that the thief did not know the price of the diamonds and took whatever he could get his hands on. But the robber knew what the diamonds were worth,” said Sawant.

The workplace is just an assorting office where the diamonds are assorted and stored till they are called for by their head office.

The police have collected the data of the office’s past deals and found that this was the first time such a large amount worth of diamonds were stored there.

“We have found two pairs of fingerprints and suspect that it may be the work of more than one person. We are taking down statements of the four employees, who are the main suspects,” added Sawant.