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Hong Kong Police Hunt Girl, Three Accomplices After Jewelry Heist

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BEIJING – A girl who may be as young as 12 is being hunted in connection with the daring theft of a diamond necklace worth $4.6 million.

Surveillance video shows three well-dressed suspects — two women and a man — entering an branch of popular Hong Kong chain Emperor Jewelry before they distracted staff by asking to see various items on display.

While workers assisted the trio, a fourth suspect is believed to have unlocked a jewelry display case and grabbed the the gold necklace — which according to local media reports was decorated with more than 30 diamonds.

Police said the culprit appeared to aged “between 12-14 years old” and of “thin build.” The girl was seen exiting the mall soon after while her alleged accomplices continued walking around the mall as if nothing had happened. Empire Jewelry employees didn’t discover Friday's theft until around two hours later.

Hong Kong police said the necklace had been valued at $4.6 million (HK$36 million). Authorities confirmed that no arrests had been made by late Monday.

- Ed Flanagan

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