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‘Theft largest in the fair’s recent history’
By: Diamond World News Service
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Apr 16 2007 12:00AM
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Jewellery worth 1 million Swiss francs ($825,000) was stolen from the world’s biggest and most luxurious watch and jewellery fair in Basel, authorities said Saturday.

“It happened on Tuesday before the fair started,” said Peter Gill, spokesman for the public prosecutor’s office in Basel. “Nobody was hurt,” he said.

The jewellery was grabbed when it was being brought to a stall in the exhibition hall for the Baselworld fair, he told The Associated Press.

He declined to comment further to avoid compromising the ongoing inquiry.

The theft is likely to be the largest in the fair’s recent history, Baselworld spokesman Bernhard Keller told AP. But he said that security at the fair was adequate.

“We have very good security measures. There is no need to change anything,” he said, adding that the show was continuing normally.

More than 2,000 exhibitors from 45 countries present the latest products from diamond encrusted masterpieces to modest plastic models at the fair, which runs from April 12 to 19.

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