Arrest warrant issued for couple wanted in daring theft of N.B. diamond


SAINT JOHN, N.B. — A warrant has been issued for a couple wanted in a daring New Brunswick diamond theft that has been connected to a series of similar heists nationwide.

The Saint John Police Force said Wednesday they have obtained a Canada-wide arrest warrant for a 70-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman related to the Oct. 7 theft at W. Smith and Co. Fine Jewellers.

The force did not give further details, but storeowner Wayne Smith said the couple were European and living in the Toronto area.

Smith went public about the robbery at his store this month, and said he has since heard directly from stores and police officers from coast to coast about similar heists.

The thieves present themselves as a middle-aged couple arguing over how many carats to buy, and then switch real diamonds with fakes while salespeople are distracted.

The most recent reported robbery was in Charlottetown, where police said Monday that the couple swapped useless stones for two diamonds valued at approximately $20,000 at a store in the P.E.I. capital.