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$600M worth of diamonds left open in Swiss airlines cargo container at JFK airport

Swiss security has more holes than its cheese.

Security detail: Crates arriving on Swiss Airlines from Zurich have been the subject of security breaches twice in the space of a week

Security detail: Crates arriving on Swiss Airlines from Zurich have been the subject of security breaches twice in the space of a week

A container holding $600 million worth of loose diamonds was left sitting with a gaping hole on the bottom at the same JFK warehouse where thieves swiped $1.2 million in cash last week, The Post has learned.

In both instances, the crates arrived on Swiss airlines flights from Zurich.

“Someone could have put their arm inside the cargo container and taken what was inside,” a source said.

A Port Authority cop spotted the damaged cargo container Thursday at around 1:35 p.m., an hour after the flight landed, sources said.

Up for the taking: On this occasion, $600M worth of diamonds were left open in Swiss airlines cargo container at JFK airport

Up for the taking: On this occasion, $600M worth of diamonds were left open in Swiss airlines cargo container at JFK airport

Although it was still sealed, the container “had a gap of several inches on the bottom and parcels were visible inside.”

The contents included up to $600 million worth of diamonds that were destined for jewelers in New York City and elsewhere, sources said.

“It was extremely easy for anyone to put in their arm there and take something out of there,” the source added.

Police supervisors and representatives for SwissPort, the cargo shipper, moved the container to a “secure unpacking location” where officials compared the inventory inside with a shipping manifest.

New York Post

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