$20K diamond heist in Charlottetown may be linked to other thefts in region say police
'They're good at what they're doing,' police say
Charlottetown Police are looking for a man and a woman they believe walked out of a city jewelry store with $20,000 worth of diamonds.
Police said the two entered the store Oct. 12 and asked to look at loose diamonds. They were able to swap two worthless stones for two valuable diamonds, according to police.
We are confident that they are one and the same people or persons that have committed crimes in other jurisdictions .— Charlottetown Deputy Police Chief Gary McGuigan
"Through sleight of hand, and a distraction, they switched these diamonds for a useless piece of cubic zirconia," alleges Charlottetown Deputy Police Chief Gary McGuigan.
There have been reports and photos of similar thefts in Fredericton and Saint John, N.B.
Discovered days later
Staff at the Charlottetown jewelry store recognized the suspects from a New Brunswick news report and upon checking the store's inventory, discovered the theft and reported it to police Monday, Oct. 17.
"We are confident that they are one and the same people or persons that have committed crimes in other jurisdictions throughout the Maritimes," McGuigan said.
Charlottetown police are now working with law enforcement in Saint John to identify and attempt to track down the suspects, he added.
The suspects were also spotted in Halifax, but no thefts have been reported there, McGuigan noted.
Anyone looking to inspect loose diamonds in a store should raise "red flags" said McGuigan, and urged jewelers to be "very careful."
"They're good at what they're doing," he said.
Anyone with information regarding the couple is asked to contact Charlottetown police at (902) 629-4172.
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With files from Brian Higgins