Six arrests have been made in connection with the Dresden jewelery theft

The Jewel Room in the historic Green Vault of Dresden Palace. Sebastian Kahnert/photo alliance via Getty Images

On Thursday, German officials announced that six men had been charged with aggravated robbery and arson in connection with 2019’s audacious Dresden Jewel Heist, which was quickly labeled the biggest robbery Germany had suffered since the end of the war. Second World War. Two years ago, thieves managed to start a fire in an electrical distribution area within the “Green Vault” of the Royal Palace in Dresden, which then cut power to the lights surrounding the museum and put the fire at a nearby car. The thieves then made off with three sets of 18th century gemstones comprising 21 jewels in total.

These jewels were collectively encrusted with more than 4,300 diamonds, and when the theft was first reported, it was said that since the presence of the jewels in the museum is crucial in contextualizing the history of Saxony and its state status, the monetary amount of the loss literally could not be calculated. Now prosecutors say the insured value of the coins is $135 million, which still makes the theft by far the largest of recent german history.

German officials revealed this week that the suspects were six German nationals aged between 22 and 27; although they were not named, officials added that the suspects had at one time acted as members of the “Remmo clan”. In 2020, German officers apprehended 21-year-old Mohamed Remmo, who was found to have extensive connections to the prolific crime family known for pulling off ambitious art thefts, in connection with the Dresden robbery; it is unclear whether Mohammed Remmo was among the suspects charged this week.

Nevertheless, the Remmo are known for their audacity. In 2020, Ahmed and Wissam Remmo were sentenced to more than four years in prison for breaking into the Bode Museum in Berlin and snatching a Queen Elizabeth II commemorative coin that weighs around 221 pounds.

Six arrests have been made in connection with the theft of jewelery from Dresden to Saxony

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