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Detectives vow to catch gem thieves; NEC: Investigations into pounds 500,000 diamond theft will continue, say police.

Byline: By Leda Reynolds

POLICE have pledged to keep open the file on a pounds 500,000 gem heist at the NEC despite the investigation so far drawing a blank.

Detectives had hoped that a pounds 20,000 reward would prompt someone to come forwards with details leading to the culprit who fled with a cache of diamonds at a trade show in February.

However, five months on, officers say they are "disappointed" no-one has come forward with information.

The jewels, in a small metal case, were being displayed by a London diamond dealer on the counter of a stall during the Spring Fair at the NEC.

Detectives have trawled through hours of CCTV footage in the hunt for clues following the theft of about 100 diamonds sometime between 1.30pm and 2pm on Sunday, February 4.

Officers launched an appeal for information immediately after the theft which was followed up with an offer of a reward from the insurance company.

Police were hoping the reward would lead them to the thief who is believed to have struck while staff at the trade stall were speaking to customers.

DI Iain Grant of Solihull CID said the metal case was small enough to be stashed under a coat or jacket and they were hoping the cash would prompt someone to come forwards.

"We are disappointed but the case will remain open and if fresh information comes to light we will actively investigate it," he said.

Anyone with information can call police on 0845 113 5000.
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