Diamond Necklace Stolen from Jewelry Show

October 21, 2002

Diamond Necklace Stolen from Jewelry Show

A diamond necklace worth more than $1 million was reported stolen from a stand at Jewelry Arabia 2002, officials said. The Cartier necklace was stolen Oct. 18 from the stand of its owners, a well-known local company known as Asia Jewelers, which had set up at the Bahrain Exhibition Center, Manama, Bahrain. The jewelry show, which opened Oct. 15, closed Oct. 19 as planned.

Asia Jewelers officials were not available for comment. Police and exhibition security officials told the Associated Press they had two suspects but no arrests has been made. They declined to elaborate.

It was the first such theft at the annual exhibition, first held in 1992. "I think it was done by a professional," said Younis al-Jama, owner of Home Secure, which has provided surveillance cameras to the event for the past six years. Al-Jama said the company installed more than a dozen cameras, many of them hidden, at exits and entrances and throughout the venue. Armed police were stationed at exits and entrances. Although the venue has many doors, all but one point for entry and exit were closed for the show.

Show organizers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that after the theft was reported Oct. 18, police searched some 2,000 visitors. The necklace was not found.

Jewelry Arabia 2002 featured $1 billion worth of diamonds and other gems, gold and silver jewelry, and watches. Some 500 companies from 36 countries, including Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Hong Kong, India and Thailand took part.

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