Police said Friday they have arrested a former executive for a bridal diamond retailer for allegedly stealing diamonds worth over 100 million yen.
According to police, the man, who has been named as 39-year-old Hiroshi Amemiya, worked at the Ginza branch of Cima jewelers, TBS reported. Police say Amemiya has confessed to stealing 74 diamonds, which had been stored in a safe, and to selling them at a pawn shop. The diamonds had a combined value of around 109 million yen.
In an attempt to escape detection, police say Amemiya replaced the stones with aromatic crystals. However, his subterfuge was detected when another employee opened the safe to carry out a inventory check on Thursday.
During police questioning, Amemiya was reported as saying that he gambled the money away "on horses and stuff," TBS reported.© Japan Today