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Police arrest 31 in connection to $50 million diamond heist

Police officers recently arrested 31 people connected to a “highly professional” diamond heist at the Brussels Airport.

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Police officers recently arrested 31 people connected to a “highly professional” diamond heist at the Brussels Airport.

The robbery, which took place a few months ago at the Brussels-Zaventem international airport, was one of the biggest diamonds heists ever executed. It was executed within three minutes using two cars. The unregistered diamonds were worth $50 million.

The thieves wore mask and held machine guns with laser lighting. They entered through an unlocked access gate and drove through the airport construction site.

According to the Telegraph, the gang’s target was a Brink’s diamond and jewelry service truck that had just finished loading the Helvetic Airways flight LX789 to Zurich.

To ensure ultimate security, the cargo is loaded on the runway just before the plane takes off.

Passengers on the flight said it all happened so quickly that they saw nothing. The thieves sped off in two black vehicles, a Mercedes van and an Audi both with police lights, which they flashed as they drove off.

Police detained one man in France who is thought to organizer of the robbery. Eight other people were arrested in Switzerland including a Geneva lawyer and a businessman and 24 suspects have been detained in Belgium.

“We believe the man arrested in France is one of the authors of the robber,” said Jean-Marc Meilleur, of the Brussels prosecutor’s office. “Among those arrested in Belgium, at least 10 are known to the court, including for armed attacks. They are part of the Brussels criminal underworld.”

The stolen diamonds were coming from Antwerp, which sends approximately $203 million worth of jewels through the Brussels airport daily.

Follow Mary Ann Georgantopoulos on Twitter @marygeorgant

 
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