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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Rare pink diamond snatched

A rare pink diamond from the Argyle Mine in the Kimberley has been stolen.  It's been kept in a jeweler's safe in Cairns for the past nine years and when a male customer asked for a closer look, store owner Keith Bird took it out to show him.  That's when the would-be customer snatched it out of his hand, ran out of the store, jumped on a mountain bike, and took off.

Police arrested a British man who has been living in Australia for about five years, 29 year old Matthew Osborne.  They think he may have swallowed the gem valued at $200,000, although nothing has shown up on x-ray.  He was arrested at Melbourne Airport about to board a flight to New Zealand.

Police are waiting on further developments.