- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Police claimed a major breakthrough Wednesday after detaining 31 people in connection with a $50 million diamond heist that happened three months ago at Brussels Airport.

A Frenchman who is believed to have been one of the actual robbers was detained in France, while six people were detained in Switzerland and 24 in Belgium, the Associated Press reports.

“In Switzerland, we have found diamonds that we can already say are coming from the heist, and in Belgium large amounts of money have been found. And the investigation is still ongoing,” said Jean-Marc Meilleur, a spokesman for the Brussels prosecutor’s office.

Authorities are expected to announce later Wednesday how many of the detainees would be charged and arrested, the AP reports.

Many had started comparing the robbery to an “Ocean’s Eleven”-type heist for its clinically clean execution during which no one was injured, the AP reports.



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