POLICE are hoping to reunite a large number of gemstones – including diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires to their rightful owners, after they were found during a search of a handbag on the Sunshine Coast.
Detectives said they came across the haul at Yandina on June 2, whilst doing a drug search of a car.
“Local police discovered the gemstones hidden inside a thermos,” police said in a statement.
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“The handbag was found during a search for drugs in a vehicle.”
A 33-year-old Nambour woman was subsequently charged with possession of a dangerous drug, fail to dispose of a syringe and unlawful possession of a weapon.
Officers said the woman denied the handbag was hers, with local police then tracking down the owner of the bag, a 30-year-old Wurtulla woman who has since been assisting police with their inquiries into the suspected stolen gemstones.
The stones, which number close to 100, are professionally packaged and believed to be worth a considerable amount of money, with one gem alone valued at around $50,000.
“It is possible they were stolen interstate, perhaps New South Wales,” police revealed.
Anyone who may be able to assist police with their investigations is asked to contact Policelink or Crime Stoppers.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.