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Solihull News: Police draw a blank in thief probe; NEC: Diamond raid reward unclaimed.

Byline: By Leda Reynolds

A REWARD of pounds 20,000 has failed to produce any new clues to the identity of a jewel thief who fled with a cache of diamonds from the NEC.

Detectives say they are disappointed that the cash offer has not prompted anyone to come forwards with information following the theft of pounds 500,000 worth of the gems snatched during a trade fair.

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 in February.

Detectives have trawled through hours of CCTV footage in the hunt for clues following the theft of around 100 diamonds some time between 1.30pm and 2pm on Sunday, February 4. Officers launched an appeal for information immediately after the theft but have so far drawn a blank with their inquiries.

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

However police have been given no new leads prompting them to issue a fresh appeal for information.

DI Grant said the metal case was small enough to be stashed under a coat or jacket.

Anyone with information should call Chelmsley Wood police on 0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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