Police Seize 31 People Over $50 Million Brussels Diamond Heist

Category: World / May 08, 2013 3:19PM EDT
Belgian prosecutors said on Wednesday (May 8, 2013) that police had detained 31 people over the heist of $50 million in diamonds in February - one of the biggest jewelry robberies in history - after coordinated raids in Belgium, France and Switzerland. A spokesman for Brussels' prosecutor's office said around 250 policemen had been involved in the Belgian operation, which led to the detention of 24 of the 31 people arrested across Europe. One suspect had been held in France since Tuesday (May 7), while six men had been arrested in Switzerland. Those figures differed slightly from the details provided by police in Geneva, who said they had questioned eight people after raids there and had subsequently released six of them, leaving two under investigation The spokesman confirmed that diamonds had been seized in Switzerland, while cash and luxury cars had been recovered in Belgium. Thieves dressed as police and armed with machine-gun stole 120 parcels of diamonds from the runway of Brussels airport on February 18, 2013 without firing a shot. The eight-member gang cut through the airport fence and drove to the airport gate, with flashing lights on their vehicles, where unarmed staff were loading the plane. Video Source: Reuters