Guilty plea in theft of diamonds from Diavik sorting plant

A former Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. employee accused of stealing rough stones worth thousands of dollars pleaded guilty to theft in a Yellowknife courtroom Monday. Samson Mkhitaryan, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of theft over $5,000 in NWT Supreme Court. Mkhitaryan, an ex-employee at the Diavik diamond sorting plant located near the Yellowknife airport,...
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Brendan Burke
As the Yellowknifer’s crime reporter, it’s my job to keep readers up to speed on all-things “cops and courts” related. From house fires and homicides to courtroom clashes, it’s my responsibility to be there - day or night, rain or shine. When I’m not at court gathering stories, I’m in the office, making calls to lawyers, emailing RCMP and tracking down sources. After hours, I rely on the public to let me know what’s happening and where. Entering my second winter in Yellowknife since leaving my hometown of Peterborough, Ont., in October 2017, everyday on this beat continues to be challenging, rewarding and fulfilling. Got a story? Call me at (867) 766-8288 or shoot me an email at