Diamond thieves strike again on East Coast, swap $20k rocks for useless stones


CHARLOTTETOWN — The thieves who switched a pricey diamond with a fake in Saint John, N.B., appear to have struck again.

Charlottetown police say a man and a woman “managed to swap useless stones for two diamonds valued at approximately $20,000” at a store in the P.E.I. capital last Wednesday.

Police say they received the complaint Monday, and released a photo of a casually dressed middle-aged couple.

The thieves” methods and appearance seem to match those of thieves who struck Wayne Smith”s jewelry store on Oct. 7 in Saint John.

Smith says last week”s thefts are not uncommon at jewelry stores, but they”re usually kept quiet.

He says he decided to speak out because his insurance deductible is so high it won”t cover the loss, and because the video is so clear the public can help nab the culprits.

Charlottetown police said they are “aware of reports of this type of theft in other jurisdictions,” and asked anyone with information to contact them.