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18 Acquitted in Massive Brussels Diamond Heist

The massive 2013 theft, in which tens of millions worth of gems were stolen from the hold of a departing Swiss-bound plane, had all the hallmarks of an “Ocean’s Eleven” operation. And it still might still get a Hollywood ending.

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PDAC 2009 Convention Highlights


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