Around £560,000 in fine jewellery and diamonds have been reported stolen during the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair held from June 25 to 28, according to a Chinese newspaper.
17 thefts reportedly took place over the four-day show, with three people arrested for stealing a £68,000 diamond on the opening day of the fair. A bag of diamonds worth around £37,700 were also reported stolen a few days later.
According to the South China Morning Post, 12 of the thefts occurred on the opening day of the show. The first was spotted when an exhibitor reviewed security footage and found two people had replaced a real diamond with a fake version.
It is estimated that in the first day alone saw £400,000 worth of goods stolen, with one crime happening within two hours of the doors opening.
Five women and two men arrested over the thefts last week will appear in court this week. Insiders say the fair has long been a target for opportunistic thieves.
Picture credit: www.ChinaExhibition.com