1.5 Million Dollars In Diamonds Stolen From Newport Man

The bad news for Peter Kaplan is even worse than first reported.

The Newport North Carolina diamond broker, whose $1.5 million inventory was stolen in Albuquerque earlier this week, didn't have insurance.

Kaplan says he has no capital to restart his business, adding that the three minutes he and his wife stopped to use a restroom has destroyed his life.

Kaplan left a Samsonite suitcase containing more than 70 rings and 150 loose jewels in the back of his rental car during the brief stop Wednesday.

When the couple walked back to the car, they found someone had punched a hole in the rear passenger window and stolen the suitcase.

Adding to the mystery is a video surveillance camera that blacked out 10 minutes before the theft.


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