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Suitcase of sapphires and other gems worth $1.3 million stolen from London train

It's unclear why the owner of the suitcase took his eyes off of the precious cargo.
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The precious jewels totaled $1.3 million in U.S. currency (or about 1 million pounds). Photo: Getty Images

British police were hunting for an unidentified man on Tuesday after a suitcase containing$1.3 million worth of gems was stolen from a luggage rack on a train at London's Euston station.

The owner, a 35-year-old jewelry dealer, boarded a train to Birmingham on Nov. 8 but when the train arrived at Rugby in central England, he discovered that his suitcase of rubies, emeralds and sapphires was no longer on the luggage rack.

Police released a grainy image of a man who they said they would like to speak to.

"I would like to speak to the man in the CCTV images about this extremely high-value luggage theft," Det. Sgt. Nick Thompson from British Transport Police said.

"The suitcase was a large black suitcase and contained more than 40 gems such as rubies, emeralds and sapphires."