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Man Charged with Stealing Diamonds at Diavik Mine

Police arrest suspect over “internal” theft at Rio Tinto subsidiary.
Mar 8, 2018 8:17 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) has arrested and charged a man accused of stealing diamonds at the Diavik mine, the force said Wednesday.

Samson Mkhitaryan is suspected of stealing more than $3,860 (CAD 5,000) in diamonds. The theft was “internal,” the police noted.

In February, Diavik Diamond Mines (DDM) — which Rio Tinto owns — reported the missing stones to the RCMP. The police investigation led to the recovery of the diamonds, and to the arrest of Mkhitaryan.

“It is important to recognize the quick actions of the diamond company and investigation by RCMP led to the successful recovery of the diamonds,” said Marie York-Condon, a spokeswoman for RCMP. “The checks and balances in place were able to bring this illegal activity to light, and the police of jurisdiction were able to make an arrest.”

The investigation is still ongoing. Mkhitaryan will next appear in court in April.

DDM owns 60% of the Diavik mine in Canada’s Northwest Territories, while Dominion Diamond Mines owns the rest. Rio Tinto confirmed it had reported a "security incident" to the RCMP, but decline to comment further.

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Tags: diamond, Diavik, Diavik mine, Dominion Diamond Corporation, Rapaport News, RCMP, Rio Tinto, Samson Mkhitaryan
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