Woman found guilty of Boodles £4.2m diamond heist after switching them for pebbles

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A Romanian confidence trickster who swapped diamonds worth £4.2m worth for a bag of worthless pebbles in an audacious Ocean’s Eleven-style heist has been found guilty of theft and jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Lulu Lakatos, 60, posed as a gemologist called ‘Anna’ who was sent to value the precious stones at Mayfair jewellers Boodles in March 2016 by wealthy Russian buyers.

But using sleight of hand she was able to switch the diamonds for an identical bag and made off with the gems, which have never been recovered.

She was eventually caught in France and extradited to the UK, but claimed her younger sister, Liliana, who was killed in a car accident in Romania in 2019, was the guilty party.

Grey-haired Lakatos, who was part of a gang, had denied conspiracy to steal on 10 March 2016 while two others, Mickael Jovanovic and Christophe Stankovic, earlier admitted the charge and were jailed.

Two unidentified female members of the gang are still at large and it is feared that the diamonds have already been cut down and will never be found.

Read more here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/07/28/woman-found-guilty-boodles-42m-diamond-heist-switching-pebbles/

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