Police recovered a diamond worth AED 300,000 less than a day after it was stolen.
Two people have been arrested following the theft from Dubai’s Gold Souq in Naif. Dubai Police have now revealed details of the heist.
Major General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, Commander-in-Chief of Dubai Police, said the pair, from China, were caught in India after the force tracked them and alerted authorities there.
Staff at the jewellery shop discovered the jewel was missing three hours after the couple, both aged 40, visited the store. CCTV showed the man distracting the sales rep while the woman opens a display cabinet to steal a 3.27 carat white coloured stone worth AED 300,000. The would-be smugglers then left the store and caught a flight from Dubai International Airport.
Criminal Investigation Department were called in after the store owners alerted police.
It was discovered the woman swallowed the diamond before being detained. “During investigations, the woman confessed to the robbery and said that she had swallowed the gem to smuggle it. We extracted the gem after a doctor gave her a special liquid,” says Colonel Adil Al Joker, Director of Criminal Investigation Department at Dubai Police.
The defendants returned to Dubai on the first available flight and the case is now with Dubai Public Prosecution.