Dresden jewelry heist suspect arrested in Berlin – ARTnews.com

Another suspect has been arrested in connection with the 2019 theft of antique jewelry worth an estimated 1 billion euros (around $1.2 billion) from Dresden’s historic Green Vault. A 23-year-old man who was allegedly involved in the robbery was apprehended by police on Thursday morning in Berlin-Treptow.

Each of the six suspects believed to have committed the robbery is in custody, according to Jürgen Schmidt, German prosecutor general. Charges against the man, whose name has not been released due to German privacy laws, include theft and arson. He appeared in court in Dresden on Thursday afternoon.

On November 25, 2019, thieves started a fire near the Green Vault, damaging an electrical box that interrupted the residential palace’s security system. They entered the green vault of the royal palace in Dresden through a ground floor window and broke into a glass display case where the cache of jewelry, which includes rubies, sapphires and diamonds, was kept. Authorities have not yet been able to locate the stolen jewelry.

Dresden investigators believe the Green Vault plot was orchestrated by individuals associated with the Remmo clan, a criminal group in Berlin accused of the 2017 theft of a rare antique gold coin from the city’s Bode museum. The suspect apprehended on Thursday was convicted as a minor in connection with the scheme. German officials believe the piece, which weighs 220 pounds, may have been shaved and melted down.

German authorities carried out an extensive 18-raid operation involving 1,600 police officers that led to the arrest of five suspects linked to the flight from Dresden to Berlin between November 2020 and May 2021. Each suspect, aged 22 to 28, remains in custody.

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