Up to $14 million in diamonds stolen from New York jeweller

Polished De Beers diamonds in a file photo.
Polished De Beers diamonds in a file photo.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

NEW YORK (REUTERS) - Up to US$10 million (S$14 million) in diamonds have been reported stolen from a New York jeweller who left them in an unlocked safe, police said on Friday.

The jeweller, Jonathan Birnbaum, reported the diamonds missing from his Manhattan business on Thursday, according to police.

Birnbaum kept the safe unlocked to allow easier access to other gems.

The diamonds are worth between US$5 million and US$10 million.

The diamonds could have been taken anytime between Nov 24, when he put the precious stones inside the safe, and Tuesday, when he first noticed them missing, police said.

Investigators were interviewing five employees with access to the safe, as well as contractors who were working in the office at the time.

J Birnbaum is located on 47th Street in Manhattan, the heart of the city's diamond district.

It specialises in high-end diamonds and has created jewellry worn on red carpets from the Oscars to the Emmys, according to its website.