Hong Kong police are on the hunt for a preteen girl, aged between 12 and 14, who made off with a 36 million HKD (28 million RMB) diamond necklace at a luxury jewelry store while two women and a man distracted the shop owners by posing as big-spending customers on Friday.
The crime occurred at around 3:00 p.m. on Friday at the Emperor Jewelry shop in Tsim Sha Tsui’s 1881 Heritage shopping mall.
The three adults, all of whom were speaking Mandarin and were aged between 30 and 40, asked staff if they could take a look at some items on display, SCMP reports. Meanwhile, the girl walked behind a counter, stole a key from a drawer, plucked the 117-carat diamond-encrusted necklace off of a display case bust and slipped the jewelry into her pocket. Even more ballsy, the case was right at the storefront, according to Apple Daily.
After the heist went off without a hitch, the girl was caught on CCTV cameras calmly walking out of the mall. Detectives believe she may have changed her appearance before getting in a cab to make a getaway.
The three adults lingered around the shop for around 30 minutes before leaving the store without a purchase.
Staff at the shop noticed that the necklace, embedded with more than 30 diamonds, was missing shortly before 5:00 p.m.
[Image via SCMP]