One of World's Largest Diamond Robberies Unravels
31 arrested in connection with Brussels heist
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 8, 2013 7:28 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Brazen robbers were able to make off with $50 million worth of diamonds in a daring Brussels airport heist, but they held onto their riches for less than three months. In a cross-border operation, police have arrested 31 people in connection with the heist—one of the world's biggest diamond robberies—and have also recovered some of the diamonds and quite a bit of cash, the BBC reports. The first suspect was arrested in France yesterday, followed by six more in Switzerland, and 24 near Brussels in raids this morning involving 200 police officers, AFP reports.

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RAD45
May 8, 2013 11:18 AM CDT
The biggest problem with this 'biggest diamond heist' was there were too many people involved. $50 million in loose diamonds makes for loose lips and carelessness. Besides, dropping $50M in loose diamonds on the market creates its own buzz -- which the cops and insurance investigators will immediately pick up! Dumb criminals... its just fortunate no one was killed in the robbery.
ppaca
May 8, 2013 9:14 AM CDT
Those criminals need not worry. When they are released from prison, they can get jobs at Columbia University, teaching our youth. Oh, they weren't radicals and didn't kill anybody? Then maybe they'll have to settle for working at Harvard.
realtruth
May 8, 2013 8:54 AM CDT
The biggest Diamond Robbery is them selling them to fools like us in the first place.. An advertising mastermind plot to separate a fool from his money. While they should be Totally Unnecessary..At 3 feet away.. Glass is just as good..