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6 arrested in HK over jewelry heist

SIX people have been arrested in Hong Kong in connection with a US$3 million jewelry store heist in Japan, police said yesterday.

Three men and three women were taken into custody on Thursday and Friday at two different Hong Kong apartments where investigators found hundreds of watches, pieces of jewelry and cash worth about US$3.2 million, police spokeswoman Baisy Wong said.

The watches and jewelry are believed to be the same items stolen last week from a jewelry shop in Tokyo's upscale Ginza District, where burglars bored a 40 to 50 centimeters hole through one of the store's concrete walls.

Five of the suspects were charged with handling stolen goods and the sixth was held on allegations of handling stolen goods and money laundering, Wong said.

Hong Kong organized crime investigators made the arrests after contacting Japanese authorities, she said. All but one of the suspects is from Hong Kong, the sixth from the Chinese mainland.


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