LONDON (Jul. 18)
Police at Heathrow Airport are cooperating with Israeli-police in the investigation of the theft of polished diamonds worth L 40,000 which were found to be missing from an E1 A1 plane. Four canisters which had been loaded at Lod Airport were taken from the aircraft at Heathrow with bloodstains on them. The diamonds they had contained were missing.
Harvey Burrows. Deputy Chief Constable of the British Airports Authority Police force at Heathrow told reporters that “the indications are that the diamonds were stolen at Lod and the thief cut himself taking them from the canisters. The theft is being investigated by the Israeli police and we have sent them details of what we discovered at Heathrow.” The diamonds were consigned from Israel to a firm of diamond brokers in New York.
Two similar thefts of precious stones from E1 A1 planes in recent months are also under investigation by the Israeli police. Police in London are satisfied neither theft took place in England. The gems were missed on a freight check when the planes landed at Heathrow, local police sources said:
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