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Dubai: A Chi­nese cou­ple who stole a di­a­mond worth 300,000 dirhams (about $81,000) from a shop here and then fled the UAE were ar­rested within 20 hours from an In­dian air­port, au­thor­i­ties said.

The 3.27-carat di­a­mond was re­cov­ered in In­dia af­ter it was smug­gled out of the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) in­side the stom­ach of the woman, an of­fi­cial was cited as say­ing by the Gulf News on Mon­day. The pair, in their 40s, grabbed the gem from a jew­ellery shop in Dubai’s com­mer­cial busi­ness district in Deira and im­me­di­ately fled the coun­try.

They were ar­rested as they were tran­sit­ing to Hong Kong via Mum­bai. The cou­ple were brought back to the UAE in co­op­er­a­tion with the In­ter­pol and the In­dian po­lice, the daily said. The po­lice re­leased footages of the sur­veil­lance cam­eras in the store, which showed the cou­ple en­ter­ing the jew­ellery shop in Deira’s Gold Souk. The footage showed the man dis­tract­ing the staff by ask­ing them about stones of cer­tain spec­i­fi­ca­tions while the woman was seen go­ing to­wards the en­trance. She was seen open­ing the glass door of the dis­play and then steal­ing the white-coloured di­a­mond.

Then she hid the the di­a­mond un­der her jacket and left the shop with the man.

The cou­ple then went to the Dubai Mall. Footage showed the cou­ple en­ter­ing re­strooms and then com­ing out wear­ing a dif­fer­ent set of clothes.

They were then seen at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port, from where they flew out.

Colonel Adel Al Joker, Di­rec­tor of the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion De­part­ment, said the cou­ple con­fessed to steal­ing the di­a­mond.

An X-ray scan showed the di­a­mond in the woman’s gut. A spe­cial­ist doc­tor was called in to ad­min­is­ter a so­lu­tion to re­trieve the di­a­mond, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

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