A 46-year-old man from China accused of stealing millions of dollars worth of diamonds across almost 10 different countries was arrested in Switzerland during another robbery attempt, CRIEnglish reports.
Interpol Red Notice said that the Chinese national, Meng Jianguo, was suspected of carrying out the robberies in operation with another person while in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Malaysia, Monaco, Switzerland and Britain. He’s been implicated in over a dozen heists since 2012, including the theft of a 1.5 million USD diamond ring in Bahrain last year.
Meng was arrested in a Zurich jewelry store when an employee recognized him from an industry alert and called the police.
An Interpol statement said that Meng would typically enter a store with another person and ask to see a selection of diamond rings. The suspects would then distract the salesperson and steal one of the rings as the vendor turned away.
Interpol is now investigating two other criminal groups from China believed to be carrying out similar operations.