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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 July, 2004, 10:29 GMT 11:29 UK
Police raid over 18m gems theft
The Comtesse de Vendome necklace
The Comtesse de Vendome necklace
Police have raided a house in Aberdeen in connection with an 18m jewellery robbery in Japan.

Twelve Grampian Police officers took part in the joint operation with Interpol a week ago, but details have only just emerged.

The house near Bucksburn in the north of the city was searched on 7 July, but no-one has been charged.

The Tokyo boutique robbery in March included the theft of a 17m gold necklace encrusted with 116 diamonds.

The Comtesse de Vendome necklace was stolen from the Le Supre-Diamant Couture de Maki jewellery shop in the Ginza district.

It is understood a British woman is being sought over the robbery at the store.

Twelve police officers were involved in the search
A police spokesman said: "Grampian Police is assisting with a Japanese police inquiry into the theft of several pieces of jewellery worth a combined total of 18m. The theft took place in Tokyo on March 5.

"A joint police operation was conducted in Aberdeen on July 7 and a house has been searched. Twelve Grampian Police officers were involved in the operation.

"At this stage no-one in the Grampian Police area has been charged in connection with the inquiry. The inquiry is being led by police in Tokyo and is still ongoing."

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