"the moon's an arrant thief, and her pale fire she snatches from the sun."
- william shakespeare
scotland yard's released cctv images of the two smartly-dressed gunmen entering graff last week
two men took 43 items from the graff store on new bond street in london last week including a yellow oval diamond ring containing 179 diamonds, an oval-shaped white diamond single line necklace encrusted with 78 diamonds and a multi-coloured diamond flower necklace consisting of 272 pink and yellow diamonds. they left with a female hostage although she was released upon their getaway in a blue bmw after firing the first of two warning shots into the air. this car crashed into the back of a black cab on dover street at which point the men fired a second shot, also into the air, and then switched to a silver mercedes. det supt stuart cundy, of scotland yard's flying squad, said that he was keeping an "open mind" about the robbery and had not ruled out that the diamonds were stolen to order for a "mr big" or that the criminals were helped by an insider.