A bag containing four diamonds worth €200,000 in total was reported stolen on Monday from outside a bakery in Larnaca.
Police said that the diamonds belong to a man from Russia who lives permanently in Livadia, in the Larnaca district.
The man reported that he forgot the bag, which contained the four diamonds – two orange ones, one yellow the other green – on one of the tables of a bakery on the Larnaca-Dhekelia road, which he had visited at around 2pm with a friend.
He told police that they had sat at one of the tables and he forgot to take the bag, which he had put on the table, with him when they left. The bag also contained his mobile phone worth €300, his driver’s licence and a passport. When he returned to find the bag, it was gone.
The diamonds, he told police, belonged to his family, and that his parents had brought them over from Russia. He also told police they were not insured against theft and that he did not suspect anyone.
The bakery has CCTV cameras but they were not operational, police said.