A woman has appeared in court over an ‘Ocean’s 11-style’ £4.2million diamonds heist from a luxury Mayfair jeweller.
Georgeta Danila, 52, was charged with conspiracy to steal over the 2016 Boodles theft after she was extradited from France last month.
She is alleged to have been part of an international group of criminals who posed as diamond buyers in a scheme likened by police to a film plot.
The diamonds were allegedly swapped for pebbles by one of the thieves posing as a gemologist appraising the precious stones at the New Bond Street store.
A padlocked bag containing the fake diamonds was returned to the safe but the theft was discovered the following day when staff at Boodles became suspicious.
It is believed to be the biggest single shop theft in British legal history.
Danila appeared in the dock at Southwark Crown Court in London on Tuesday wearing dark trousers and a pale blue jacket over a beige top.
She was today assisted by a French interpreter, but asked for a Romanian one at future hearings.
Danila gave her name and date of birth before pleading not guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to steal from Boodles between February 15 and March 11 2016 along with three named individuals and others who are not known.
Danila dabbed her eyes with a tissue during the brief hearing, where she was remanded in custody by Judge Martin Griffith ahead of a further case management hearing on September 1.