|Mr Heslop said the robbers were caught as they smashed their way into the Dome with a JCB digger, equipped with a giant mechanised shovel.|
|The robbery was planned professionally and carefully down to the last detail and almost succeeded. But senior police officers, suspicious of a plan to obtain the diamonds, mounted a sophisticated operation to thwart it. On the night before the raid they removed the DeBeers diamonds and replaced them with worthless fakes, just in case the robbers succeeded. |
Undercover police officers and sophisticated CCTV were ready in wait for the robbers, the court heard.
There are now seven people detained as suspects. A judge last week ruled there was enough evidence to continue holding those caught earlier for at least 60 days more as the investigation continues.
Golden Cookie Stolen - Monster suspected
German police have launched a hunt for the "Cookie Monster" after an iconic golden biscuit was stolen from one of the country's most famous biscuit makers.
|The real Cookie Monster has assured followers on Twitter that he is not the culprit. |
Conspiracy theorists went into a feeding frenzy. Some suggested this incident was the 'tip of the iceberg' in the theory of a vast conspiracy that the world's gold supplies are being debased by filling gold ingots with tungsten.
|"Are the gold bars in Fort Knox really made of the precious metal? Or has the U.S. government secretly sold off the nation's stockpile and replaced it with metal bars that are only painted gold?|
Ron Paul wants to find out. Giving legitimacy to an Internet conspiracy theory that the gold in Fort Knox is fake, the iconoclast Republican congressman from Texas has asked adminstration officials to audit the purity of the nation's 700,000 gold bars held in Fort Knox, according to an internal Treasury document obtained by CNBC.
|Obtaining gold plated tungsten is just a click away. China Tungsten Manufacturing & Sales Corp allows consumers to purchase directly.|
The site advertises:
People have discovered that tungsten is environmental-friendly, durable and hardness, the most important is that its density of 19.25g/cm3 is just about the same density as gold (19.3g/cm3), which bears the similar specific gravity.
Dh11m gold robbery foiled
|Things didn't end well for a group of gold thieves in Dubai|
"The gang had rented a store behind the gold shop and carefully cut through the wall using iron rods and other tools, which took "a substantial amount of time", Brig Gen Al Mansoori said.
"The men were very skilled in the operation," he said. "They took advantage of the calmness of the area and the lack of people around it." CCTV cameras in the shop were not able to clearly capture images of the men as they broke through the wall in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Despite India's best efforts to curb illegal gold imports, gold smuggling has been rampant.
|"According to the All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation, India imported 950 tonnes in 2012. Of this, 250 tonnes has come into the country through the illegal channel.|
"In 2011, India imported over 900 tonnes of gold and none of it came through smuggling. The hike in customs duty has not stopped the import of gold into the country. It has only changed the route as smugglers earn a profit of around $3,719 (Rs 200,000) on every kilogram of gold smuggled into the country," said Federation Chairman Bachhraj Bamalwa.
|"India, the world’s largest consumer of gold, has been facing a huge problem of widening current account deficit (CAD) because of outflow of the foreign exchange on gold imports.|
The CAD widened to $38.7 billion or 4.6 per cent of the GDP in the first half of the current financial year, pushing the government to hike the customs duty from 4 per cent to 6 per cent. In the Budget for 2012-13, it was raised from 2 per cent to 4 per cent." The latest duty hike, in January 2013, took the rate of tax on Gold Bullion imports to 6%, with the duty on unrefined gold rising to 5%.
With this, the number of arrests in the case has reached 10. About 10 per cent of the 36kg in stolen gold has been recovered.
|"After a remarkable series of events, a treasure trove of Early Bronze Age gold has gone on display in Ireland for the first time.|
Police officers recovered the ancient artifacts in 2009, after they were tossed in a dumpster along with the stolen safe they had been kept in at Sheehan’s Pharmacy in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. It is believed that the thieves had failed to notice the 5,000-year-old gold hidden among documents when they dumped out the contents of the safe.
|A spokesman for the California Highway Patrol -- the lead agency investigating the state museum break-in -- said some of the stolen gold with quartz had been recovered.|
One of the largest California gold nugget left in existence was reportedly discovered near the northern California Mother Lode Gold Rush mining camp of Washington, California in 2010.
The nugget was claimed to have been found by an amateur miner who was out sleuthing on his own property using a metal detector. When the man brought the nugget to the offices of geologist Fred Holabrid in Reno, Nev., for verification, Mr. Holabrid knew it was "one in a trillion." and valued at $250,000-$400,000,
|NEVADA CITY, CA (AP).- A 6.2-pound hunk of gold was auctioned for nearly half a million dollars in March after a man claimed he found it on his Sierra Nevada property, but it turns out it was actually dug up decades earlier in Australia. |
After Jim Sanders' "find" on his property near Nevada City in California's Gold Country made news last year, Australian prospector Murray Cox compared pictures of Sanders' "Washington Nugget" with "The Orange Roughie" he unearthed near Melbourne in 1987, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
"I picked up the magazine and knew in two seconds that was (our nugget)," Cox said.
Cox said he and a friend, Reg Wilson, 62, unearthed the giant nugget in November 1987 in a farm field near the town of Ballarat, north of Melbourne.
Cox provided a 1987 article from the Melbourne Sun newspaper describing the event, along with a Sun photograph of the two men holding the giant nugget they called Orange Roughie because of its fish-like shape.
"The parties have mutually concluded that the nugget was from Australia," Holabird said Tuesday in a statement.
The nugget has traveled the world in various displays including the Paris Exposition in 1878. It weighs 201 troy ounces and is one of the largest masses of gold still to remain intact from the gold rush days as most were melted down and refined.