- Dec 31, 1999
Thieves cut steel safes during diamond heist -
also in the Toronto Star:"Two large steel safes which housed and protected millions of dollars worth of diamonds were cut open by thieves in what is being called the largest heist of its kind in Canadian history."
On a bright side, a New York cabbie returned a bag carrying 31 diamond rings to a passenger who earlier had given him a 30-cent tip on an $11 ride."Sometime between Saturday evening and Monday morning the robbers cut the telephone lines outside the Gem Star Inc. jewellery store near Finch Ave. W. and Dufferin St., disabling the store’s alarm system, police said yesterday. With no further security systems in place, and no security cameras to capture their images, the crooks were able to enter the store and worked patiently to break into two safes located on the second floor of the building.
Once inside the safes, police said, they were able to make off with a large stash of cut and uncut diamonds."