A THIEF stole expensive gems from a London jewellers by swapping them for pebbles.
A court has heard how a thief posing as a diamond expert ‘stole £4.2m (€4.7m) in gems from a jewellers by swapping them for pebbles’.
Jurors were told how Lulu Lakatos, who called herself Anna, was able to use sleight of hand to pull off the heist which saw Boodles chairman Nicholas Wainwright robbed of his riches.
Wainwright had been lured to a meeting in Monaco with two men claiming to be Russian businessmen interested in buying diamonds but wanting a gemologist to inspect them first at the family-owned Boodles in Mayfair.
The conspirators then travelled to London where Lakatos allegedly was taken to the store basement to examine the gems where she made the switch.
Four of the gang were seen on CCTV pretending to window-shop nearby and after the ‘exchange’ was made, the gang left the UK within three hours of the theft, which was discovered the next day.
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