Swiss cops nab diamond theft suspect from China
The Local · 13 Sep 2014, 10:53
Published: 13 Sep 2014 10:53 GMT+02:00
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Chinese national Jianguo Meng, 46, is linked to over a dozen heists since 2012, including the theft of a diamond ring worth $1.5 million from Bahrain last year, and was subject to an Interpol Red Notice, the international police organization said on Friday.
"Meng and an accomplice were arrested in Zurich when a jewellery store employee recognized him from the industry alert and called police," Interpol said in a statement.
He now faces extradition to Bahrain.
According to Interpol, Meng is suspected of carrying out robberies in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Malaysia, Monaco, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, and always operated in tandem with another individual.
"In each case, two suspects entered the store and asked to be shown a selection of high-end diamond rings," the statement said.
"When a number of rings were out on the counter or table, the suspects would distract the salesperson by asking for directions or a business card, and then steal one of the rings when the vendor turned away."
Interpol said it was investigating at least two Chinese organized criminal groups operating in a similar manner to Meng.