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Pink diamond 'thief' held in Australia; rare stone feared swallowed

Published on Feb 21, 2014 3:22 PM

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian police said on Friday they had arrested and X-rayed a man over the theft of a pink diamond worth more than A$200,000 (S$228,000), with fears he had swallowed the rare jewel.

The 29-year-old, reported by Australian media to be British tourist Matthew Osborne, was arrested as he attempted to board an international flight in Melbourne.

"He is expected to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court tomorrow charged with entering premises and stealing property," police said.

"The stolen diamond is still outstanding and investigations are continuing."

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