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Workers at upscale jewelry store accidentally put $5 million diamonds in the trash

By Mason White 6:33 PM December 17, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A security guard was arrested on a charge of criminal possession of stolen property after allegedly stealing boxes of diamonds, which he found in the trash, police in New York said.

The New York Police Department said that they have arrested 47-year-old Wilfred Martinez of Manhattan, after being accused of taking the boxes of diamonds, which workers of the J. Birnbach Inc. jewelry store accidentally threw away.

Martinez was charged with one count of criminal possession of stolen property. He was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $100,000.

According to the police investigation, workers of the J. Birnbach Inc. jewelry store were helping their boss move to another floor in the same building when they threw three boxes full of diamonds in a pile of garbage.

Martinez, who works as a security guard in the building, found the diamonds, including one large stone worth around $3 million.

Martinez sold some of the diamonds to a jeweler in the same building. Police officers reviewed surveillance videos and saw Martinez grab the boxes from the hallway on the third floor.