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Two men extradited from Victoria and charged over alleged opal theft worth $500,000

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The opals were stolen during a home robbery back in February in the Illawarra and recovered following a car search in Melbourne.

Two men have been extradited from Victoria to NSW and arrested over their involvement in the alleged theft of opal stones valued a half a million dollars from the Illawarra earlier this year.

At about 1am on Wednesday February 10, four people allegedly broke into a home on the Princes Highway, Albion Park Rail and demanded opal stones from the owner's personal collection.

The occupants of the home – a 46-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman – complied with the demands and handed the group a large collection of opal stones valued at more than $500,000.

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The group then fled the scene in a black Ford sedan.

Following extensive enquiries, Victoria Police arrested two men – aged 27 and 28 – during a vehicle stop in St Kilda, Melbourne, at 3pm on Wednesday.

During a search of the car, police found and seized a significant portion of the opals.

The men appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, where detectives applied for, and were granted, their extradition to NSW.

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The men were escorted back to Sydney yesterday and taken to Surry Hills Police Station where they were both charged with a number of offences.

They were refused bail and will appear at Parramatta Bail Court today. The other two people involved in the robbery remain at large.

Opals are a particularly expensive stone due to their bright colours and formation. Some high-quality opals are rarer than diamonds and have been to known to sell for millions of dollars.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/two-men-charged-over-opal-theft-worth-half-a-million/362a8a42-f118-4bf2-88d5-45248660bcde

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