Source: Gazeta Wyborcza of March 15, 2007, PAP
Author: Grzegorz Szaro
1,3 million euro worth of diamonds have been stolen at the Gdansk International Fair (MTG). Police have not yet captured the thief. The company has declared it will reward 20,000 zł (€5000) for help in finding the criminal.
The police informed before that the stolen diamonds belonged to Belgian company, however it turned out that they were in fact property of Dutch traders taking part in the Ambertiff, fair of amber, jewellery and gemstones. (…)
On Wednesday, during the first day of the fair, company representatives submitted the diamonds to deposit: a safe in the basement under the fair building.
When, on Thursday morning, they wanted to move the diamonds into their exposition stand, they were gone.
– ‘We do not have any suspects, however we are proceeding with an intensive enquiry: we question MTG employees and exhibitors’ – the Gdansk police spokeswoman Dominika Przybylska told us.
Przybylska added, that as we spoke, the police were investigating at the crime scene and clarifying the circumstances. Several witness had been questioned until then.
The fair will not close down
When fair organisers learned about the theft, they considered closing it down. However, after consulting the police, it was decided to continue with fair agenda.
– ‘This is the largest jewellery trade fair. Traders from 48 countries were preparing themselves for a year, and they would not appreciate closing the fair down’ – says the deputy president of Gdansk International Fair Tomasz Hołdys. And added that for the sake of investigation, the police obliged to keep details in secret.
According to Hołdys ‘such theft might have happened on any such fair around the world. – Our jewellery storage system is very good, and the fair area professionally monitored. We have been organising Aberiff for 14 years – he stressed. – ‘As you can see, every system can be broken if there is someone who really wants to do it’ – sighs Hołdys.
Ambertiff fair will last until Sunday. 480 exhibitors from around the world are taking part.
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