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Diamond salesman robbed in Tysons Corner

A diamond salesman from New York was robbed of several hundred thousand dollars' worth of jewels as he got out of his car Wednesday night at a hotel in the Tysons Corner area of Fairfax County, Fairfax police said Thursday.

The man, a 44-year-old resident of Great Neck, N.Y., had been selling diamonds in the District and Northern Virginia all day Wednesday, Fairfax police spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell said. When he arrived in the parking lot of the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner at 8661 Leesburg Pike, a car pulled up next to him.

Police said three men got out of the car; one pointed a gun at the diamond salesman and ordered him to lie on the ground. The robbers found multiple packs of diamonds on the salesman, snatched them and fled. The salesman was not hurt.

Caldwell said police do not know if the victim had been targeted, but that people in the diamond business "have been targeted in the past and certainly have to be careful."

The robbers wore ski masks and bandannas and the descriptions of them were vague.
Anyone with information about the holdup is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

-- Tom Jackman

By Tom Jackman  |  December 17, 2009; 2:32 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Tom Jackman  | Tags: diamond robbery; tysons corner; fairfax county;  
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Inside job. Shouldn't have to look far to find the bad guys.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 17, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I have to agree with jckdoors. This has all the earmarks of a NY org-crime truck "hijacking." Nobody hurt. No descriptions. Nobody saw anything. How much insurance was there on the diamonds?

Posted by: KarimAbdulTares | December 17, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

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