TEL AVIV (Jul. 19)
A special Israeli police detachment is investigating a diamond theft that may have taken place at Lod Airport. A consignment of polished diamonds valued at close to $100,000, supposedly left Lod for the United States this week. When the shipment was transferred to another plane in London it was discovered that the diamonds were missing from their containers.
Bloodstains were found on the containers indicating that the thief may have injured his hand while committing the robbery. Israeli police, acting on requests from Interpol and the London police, are searching the airport for one or more workers with recently Injured hands. Another police team is investigating the possibility that the diamonds were stolen somewhere between the lapidary shop and the airport.