Dubai police have arrested an Asian couple, who managed to smuggle a 3.27-carat diamond worth Dh300,000 (around $82,000), within 20 hours after they fled the country.
The couple, who are in their 40s, reportedly stole the diamond from a shop in Dubai’s Gold Souk after the woman swallowed it.
They were arrested as they were transiting to Hong Kong via Mumbai, and were brought back to the UAE in cooperation with the Interpol and Indian police.
Footage released by police from the surveillance cameras in the shop showed the couple at the jewelry store. Police said the man attempted to distract the staff by asking them about the stones, while the women walked towards the entrance to open the glass door of the display to steal the diamond.
She can be seen in the footage hiding the diamond under her jacket prior to leaving the shop with her partner.
The couple then head to mall where footages have shown them enter restrooms to change their outfits. They come out wearing a different set of clothes. Then, they headed to the Dubai International Airport to fly out.
The store owner immediately informed police upon discovering the theft, three hours after it took place.
Colonel Adel Al Joker, director of the Criminal Investigation Department, said the three-hour delay in discovering and reporting the theft helped the suspects escape.
The police relayed the details of the suspects and their flight information to the Indian authorities via the Interpol.
The couple were arrested and sent back to Dubai on the next available flight.
Col Al Joker said the suspects confessed to stealing the diamond as the woman confirmed that she had swallowed the stone.
An X-ray scan showed the diamond in the woman's gut and a specialist doctor was called in to advise a solution in order to retrieve the diamond.