21 Jun 2013

Six suspects in huge Tahiti pearl heist

7:00 pm on 21 June 2013

Reports from French Polynesia say four employees of the territory's top pearl dealer have been charged with stealing more than one million US dollars worth of black pearls.

Tahiti media report two other people have been charged with receiving goods stolen from the company owned by Robert Wan.

The pearls were allegedly taken from stock held at the shop in Bora Bora.

The suspected theft came to light during a stocktake at the end of last year, prompting the owner to lodge a complaint in February.

Some of the stolen pearls were reportedly sold locally and in the United States.