Three arrested over Thailand jewel heist

Police investigating Thailand’s biggest jewel heist have arrested three men in connection with the theft of €1.1m worth of jewellery from a Bangkok gems fair.

Police commander Chalong Sonjai said the suspects included two Mexicans and one Peruvian.

He said the men were arrested in the seaside town of Pattaya, 60 miles south of Bangkok.

He said none of the stolen jewels had been retrieved.

The men were accused of entering a booth at the Bangkok Gems & Jewellery Fair on Saturday and posing as customers who asked the vendor to open a display case, then distracted her and ran off with it.

Police have called it Thailand’s biggest jewel heist in recent history.

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