Some thieves need a lot of impeccably skilled manpower, cutting edge gadgets, elaborate master plans and flawless thieving skills to carry out an act of theft in the wee hours of the night.
Most of them even have to risk their own lives in the same manner they are willing to take lives— just to ensure the success of their thieving mission.
Well, they’ve got nothing on a 12-year-old girl who was able to singlehandedly snatch a $4.6 million 117-karat diamond necklace— inside a mall in broad daylight.
A manhunt operation is now underway in Hong Kong as police scramble to find a young girl, whom they described as aged around 12-14 years old, after she singlehandedly pocketed the million-dollar diamond necklace from a front display at a luxury jewelry store in broad daylight on Friday.
The girl, who was wearing a hooded gray sweatshirt, was seen stealing the piece of jewelry on the store’s CCTV footage— all on her own. She was reportedly seen discreetly and singlehandedly stealing the keys to the front display of the Emperor Watch and Jewelry store inside a mall in Hong Kong while three of her adult accomplices distracted shop clerks.
An anonymous tip from a police source told local news South China Morning Post:
“The three adults posed as big spenders and demanded employees show them jewelry in an apparent move to divert staff attention”.
The adult accomplices reportedly posed as some big time spenders, insistent of seeing a number of jewelries in the store to distract the sales staff as the young girl made her way to the 117-karat diamond necklace.
According to the reports, the young thief carefully took the jewelry, slid it inside her pocket and walked confidently out of the shop and out of the mall with her hands inside the pockets of her sweatshirt.
But exactly how she managed to steal the luxurious necklace inside the busy jewelry shop is yet to be confirmed by the Hong Kong police.
Extra security measures are now being taken by the jewelry store following the robbery incident, with several additional security guards deployed just outside the shop.
A spokesman for Emperor Watch and Jewelry told CNN in an interview: “Our first and foremost priority is to comply with the police investigation, but we still have to wait for the results to see what measures can be taken to strengthen the security level.”