A Jordanian man who swallowed nine diamonds in a failed robbery of a jewelry shop last week excreted some of the precious stones in a hospital Wednesday morning while being monitored by officers, Apple Daily reports.
Police are checking if the diamonds are those taken from M&B Diamonds in Central in the HK$100 million attempted theft on Thursday.
Officers will arrange an X-ray for the 22-year-old suspect, who is being monitored in a custodial ward in Queen Mary Hospital, to confirm whether he still has diamonds in his system.
The suspect is being held on one count of robbery. He is was expected to appear in Eastern Court on July 31 but the date was moved to Aug. 4 as he was still in custody.
The suspect swallowed nine diamonds weighing a combined 180 carats, estimated to be worth US$6 million.
He had grabbed 17 diamonds but triggered the alarm in the process, prompting the main doors to automatically shut.
Footage from the shop’s surveillance cameras showed that he swallowed part of the haul with water before getting caught.
According to the police, the diamonds he had swallowed were about the size of a human eyeball.
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