Date
17 January 2017
The 42-year-old woman from Hunan province is led away by police officers at the AsiaWorld-Expo.  Photos: Wikipedia, DBC
The 42-year-old woman from Hunan province is led away by police officers at the AsiaWorld-Expo. Photos: Wikipedia, DBC

Suspected jewel thief caught red-handed at AsiaWorld Expo

A 42-year-old woman from Hunan province has been arrested on suspicion of trying to steal diamonds at a jewelry fair in AsiaWorld-Expo.

Police found in the purse of the suspect, surnamed Yi, a fake two-carat diamond, which they believe she intended to use to replace a real one at the fair, Headline Daily reported on Thursday.

The case took place on Wednesday at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2015, which is sponsored by the Jewellery Net Asia, at the AsiaWorld-Expo.

The five-day event has adopted a real-name registration system for the first time this year. Exhibitors and buyers have to register their company and personal information on the event’s website before they can enter the exhibition hall.

Yi didn’t follow the procedure and, as a result, she was not allowed to enter the exhibition hall.

However, instead of leaving immediately, she decided to linger around.

Police officers at the ground stopped her for a check and found the fake diamond in her purse.

According to jewelry experts at the fair, the two-carat diamond would be worth around HK$100,000 if were real.

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