The most anticipated Hong Kong Jewelry & Gem Fair which began on September 16 had a somewhat bad beginning when, according to local reports two robberies were targeted just hours after the opening. As per initial reports, two bags of pearls worth approximately $62,000 were being targeted.
Fortunately the suspected thieves were immediately caught by the police on duty in the fair. According to staff present at the event, the first theft was attempted just four hours of the show opening in Lantau when a female visitor was caught stealing from a booth. A 23-year-old woman was arrested for theft and the stolen goods were immediately recovered.
Another suspected thief was arrested by the police in a similar manner. The suspected person was caught with a fake diamond with the possible intention of swapping it with a real gem. Yet another man was arrested possessing fake documents and name cards.
The security measures have been tightened this year and all visitors attending the fair are required to present a valid photo identity document for on-site verification. About 4000 exhibitors from as many as 50 countries are participating in both the Hong Kong-based events – one which commenced on 16 September and ended on 20th September. The other event started on 18 September and will commence on 22 September.