gold coin – In Dresden http://in-dresden.info/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 06:01:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://in-dresden.info/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/icon-2022-02-04T214522.892-150x150.jpg gold coin – In Dresden http://in-dresden.info/ 32 32 The mastermind hunt behind the $128 million Dresden jewelry robbery https://in-dresden.info/the-mastermind-hunt-behind-the-128-million-dresden-jewelry-robbery/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/the-mastermind-hunt-behind-the-128-million-dresden-jewelry-robbery/ On September 2, 2020, seven investigators from a German police special commission, three officers from the Berlin Art Crimes Squad and 100 riot police raided an internet cafe and a residential apartment as they searched for a man who they say sold a SIM card to thieves who stole $128 million worth of irreplaceable jewelry […]]]>

On September 2, 2020, seven investigators from a German police special commission, three officers from the Berlin Art Crimes Squad and 100 riot police raided an internet cafe and a residential apartment as they searched for a man who they say sold a SIM card to thieves who stole $128 million worth of irreplaceable jewelry nearly a year earlier in November 2019.

Two months later, 1,600 officers are mobilized for raids across Berlin. The manhunt focused on five jewelry heist suspects, but only three were apprehended. Interpol issued a red notice for the other two – twin brothers from Berlin’s Remmo crime family – who had eluded capture. The following month, Mohammed Remmo was discovered hiding in a car in a Berlin neighborhood within Remmo family territory. He was quickly arrested for his alleged involvement in the robbery, while his brother, Abdul Majed Remmo, remained at large – until May 2021, when German authorities also arrested him.

In all, six men, aged 22 to 28, would face charges related to the burglary of the Green Vault of the Royal Palace in Dresden – a theft that had stunned the nation.

The Green Vault housed a 3,000-piece jewelry collection that over the past centuries had survived many other threats. The jewels were originally collected by Augustus the Strong, an ambitious Saxon king who would later rule Poland in the early 18th century. During World War II, when the Allies wiped out Dresden with successive waves of B-17 bombers, the Nazis evacuated the museum and took the jewels to Königstein Castle where they were safe from bombs. When the Nazis lost and Soviet soldiers invaded Berlin, the jewelry collection was seized as war prizes and taken to the USSR. The gems would somehow find their way back to East Germany in 1958, then still shrouded in the Iron Curtain. In 2006, 16 years after German reunification, the Green Vault was finally reopened in the museum’s original location, with the jewelry once again on display. Media speculation put the collection’s value at $1 billion.

The renovated Royal Palace is a series of eight colorful rooms, and each room progresses in the theme “from amber to ivory to silver and, finally, to the treasure room”, which houses the largest collection of precious stones from all over Europe. This is of course where the Green Vault is. Every square centimeter of the Palais Royal is maximized to “reflect the abundance of the collection”. Imagine gold-gilded framed paintings, thick glass display cases displaying royal jewelry, and mirrored walls reflecting glistening opulence from floor to ceiling.

For the heist team, all that abundance proved too tempting to ignore. They struck at 4:50 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019. According to police, the thieves set fire to an electricity distribution box near the Augustus Bridge, causing a power outage in Dresden’s historic quarter and also knocking out streetlights. as the Royal Palace’s alarm system. Seven minutes later, they were inside the museum and heading towards the Green Vault. They entered the building through a window. Sometime earlier – maybe even a week – they had sawn off the window security bars. Then they replaced the cut section and secured it in place until they returned.

Security cameras monitored their progress through the museum’s eight colorful rooms. The thieves pulled out an ax to open the jewelry store’s heavy glass display cases. Nine swings later, the glass was shattered and they grabbed what they could reach. In all, they stole 21 coins, each of which was encrusted with precious stones, including more than 4,300 diamonds.

One of the stolen coins

Security at the Royal Palace was on duty at the time, and at least two guards watched over the axe-wielding robbers as they worked. Instead of confronting them, however, the security guards called the police. Officers were able to respond within 10 minutes, but it was already too late. Thirteen minutes after the robbers were first captured by security cameras, they were three miles away, their getaway car already set on fire. They parked its burnt metal shell in an underground garage, left to be discovered by police with no forensic evidence adorning it.

Leaving the museum, the thieves had used a fire extinguisher to sprinkle the carpet. Roy Ramm, security consultant and former commander of specialist operations at New Scotland Yard, explained the significance of the decision to the press. “Footmarks are very often used to identify shoes used by criminals,” he explained. “Quite often they get rid of gloves and all sorts of other things but forget to get rid of their shoes. So anything that interferes with the forensic trail is – I hesitate to say – helpful.

Basically, then, all the cops had was the getaway car, telling the public that “the burglars fled the scene in an Audi A6” and asking eyewitnesses who might have spotted the vehicle in the early hours of that Monday. morning to show up. Meanwhile, State Police Chief Horst Kretzschmar and Senior Prosecutor Klaus Rövekamp assured the German people that authorities were taking significant steps “to bring the stolen coins from the state treasury back to the citizens of the Free State and to all interested visitors to the Green Vault”. and to catch the culprits.

Soon the investigation turned to the Royal Palace security guards, particularly the two who “did not react adequately”. Why had they just stood idly by while the thieves stole the royal jewels? Museum administrators told police that security personnel simply “follow security protocols”. But the questions persisted. Ramm joined the chorus of skeptics saying, “The only way these things happen is if the thieves have some really good inside information. You should know that there are, for example, no laser beams across the room; you should know that there are no pressure sensitive tabs around the place. It’s extremely risky to do what they did. Ramm conceded, however, “It’s conceivable that they researched the building extensively.”

Eventually, four members of the security team fell under the eye of the state police investigation. The apartments were searched, but no evidence of theft or collusion was found.

And so, the police went back to the getaway car. From CCTV of the vehicle, investigators determined that it was in fact an Audi S6 and not an A6. In May 2020, they thought they had a good idea of ​​the young man who bought the vehicle in the City of Magdeburg. Police provided a description and sketch of the alleged car buyer, saying he was “about 25 years old, had black hair and was thin.”

The Audi buyer, courtesy of the Saxony Police

Then, nearly a year after the robbery, the massive police operation was launched in Berlin, focusing on the Remmo crime family and their assets. Ralph Ghadban, an organized crime expert in Germany, explained to the press how the Remmos work. “The clan protects and helps its members. It can have several thousand members and can dominate and terrorize entire neighborhoods of the city,” he said. Much like Al Capone-style gangsters, Remmo’s leaders were well insulated and protected. Interestingly, the Remmo family was known to carry out their crimes with “powerful and swift” energy.

Needless to say, the raids crippled them greatly. Before the end of 2020, German police seized “77 properties with a total value of 9.3 million euros, accusing them of having been bought with the proceeds of various crimes”. The raids also led investigators to their six suspects – again, a mix of siblings. Two of them have already been placed behind bars after being found guilty of stealing the ‘big maple leaf’, a commemorative 100-kilo gold coin that was removed from the Bode Museum in Berlin. It was never recovered.

All are now on trial together for the Green Vault robbery, a legal proceeding that is expected to last until October. Twin brothers Mohammed and Abdul Majed Remmo face up to 10 years in prison. Two of the other previously unconvicted Remmo family members face 15-year sentences. And the Big Maple Leaf duo would also add 15 years to their existing sentences if convicted.

As for the royal jewels? The alleged thieves declined to disclose their whereabouts. Police have offered a $556,000 reward for information leading to the jewelry’s return, but Juergen Schmidt of the Dresden prosecutor’s office recently admitted, “So far there is no hot lead.” To make matters worse, Schmidt explained that under German law, “even if convicted, the defendants cannot be compelled to testify in court about the whereabouts of the treasures.”

For now at least, the jewels are gone. And with each passing day, the chances that the Remmo family will be able to accomplish what neither the Allied Powers nor the Soviet Union could ever – remove them from Germany forever increase.

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6 men on trial for spectacular theft of jewelry from Dresden museum https://in-dresden.info/6-men-on-trial-for-spectacular-theft-of-jewelry-from-dresden-museum/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 14:28:04 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/6-men-on-trial-for-spectacular-theft-of-jewelry-from-dresden-museum/ BERLIN (AP) — Six men went on trial Friday in Germany for a 2019 Green Vault Museum trial in Dresden. The defendants, aged 22 to 28, appeared in a regional court in the eastern German city, charged with gang robbery and arson. The robbery reportedly resulted in the theft of 21 jewels comprising around 4,300 […]]]>

BERLIN (AP) — Six men went on trial Friday in Germany for a 2019 Green Vault Museum trial in Dresden.

The defendants, aged 22 to 28, appeared in a regional court in the eastern German city, charged with gang robbery and arson. The robbery reportedly resulted in the theft of 21 jewels comprising around 4,300 gemstones worth more than 113 million euros ($126 million).

In their opening statement, prosecutors said the men were armed with a revolver and a pistol with a silencer, German news agency dpa reported.

The Green Vault is one of the oldest museums in the world. It was created in 1723 and contains the treasury of Augustus the Strong of Saxony, comprising around 4,000 objects made of gold, precious stones and other materials.

The stolen jewels have not been found. The head of the Saxon State Art Collection in Dresden, Marion Ackermann, said she hoped the international attention surrounding the treasures would make it more difficult to sell them, dpa reported.

Two of the men on trial were convicted in 2020 of a similar heist, the theft of a 100-kilogram (220-pound) Canadian gold coin dubbed the “big maple leaf” from the Bode Museum in Berlin in 2017.

The piece, with an estimated value of 3.75 million euros, has also not been found. Authorities suspect it was likely cut into small pieces and sold.

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6 men on trial for spectacular theft of jewelry from Dresden museum | app https://in-dresden.info/6-men-on-trial-for-spectacular-theft-of-jewelry-from-dresden-museum-app/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 12:07:07 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/6-men-on-trial-for-spectacular-theft-of-jewelry-from-dresden-museum-app/ BERLIN (AP) — Six men were tried Friday in Germany for a spectacular theft of 18th century treasures from the Green Vault Museum in Dresden in 2019. The defendants, aged 23 to 28, appeared in a regional court in the eastern German city, charged with gang robbery and arson. The robbery reportedly resulted in the […]]]>

BERLIN (AP) — Six men were tried Friday in Germany for a spectacular theft of 18th century treasures from the Green Vault Museum in Dresden in 2019.

The defendants, aged 23 to 28, appeared in a regional court in the eastern German city, charged with gang robbery and arson. The robbery reportedly resulted in the theft of 21 jewels comprising around 4,300 gemstones worth more than 113 million euros ($126 million).

In their opening statement, prosecutors said the men were armed with a revolver and a pistol with a silencer, German news agency dpa reported.

The Green Vault is one of the oldest museums in the world. It was created in 1723 and contains the treasury of Augustus the Strong of Saxony, comprising around 4,000 objects made of gold, precious stones and other materials. The stolen jewels have not been found.

Two of the men on trial were convicted in 2020 of a similar heist, the theft of a 100-kilogram (220-pound) Canadian gold coin dubbed the “big maple leaf” from the Bode Museum in Berlin in 2017.

The piece, with an estimated value of 3.75 million euros, has also not been found. Authorities suspect it was likely cut into small pieces and sold.

Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

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Trial of six men accused of daring to steal £95m from Dresden opens | Germany https://in-dresden.info/trial-of-six-men-accused-of-daring-to-steal-95m-from-dresden-opens-germany/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/trial-of-six-men-accused-of-daring-to-steal-95m-from-dresden-opens-germany/ The trial of six men accused of stealing 18th century jewelery from a German museum has started in Dresden amid tight security and questions over whether the treasures will ever be recovered. The defendants, who are siblings and cousins ​​between the ages of 23 and 28, appeared in court handcuffed and holding large folders in […]]]>

The trial of six men accused of stealing 18th century jewelery from a German museum has started in Dresden amid tight security and questions over whether the treasures will ever be recovered.

The defendants, who are siblings and cousins ​​between the ages of 23 and 28, appeared in court handcuffed and holding large folders in front of their faces. They had jackets slung over their heads to avoid being photographed.

The proceedings are taking place in the district court of Dresden, where the men appeared behind high security glass.

One of the items stolen during the raid. Photo: Polizeidirektion Dresden/Reuters

In accordance with German court practice, they were only referred to by the initial of their surname, however R. Media reports identified them as part of a Berlin clan consisting of 10 families and over 1,000 member who has been held responsible for other high profile burglaries in recent years.

The men are charged with aggravated collective theft and serious arson, according to the Dresden prosecutor’s office. The theft took place in November 2019 when masked men broke into the city’s Grünes Gewölbe, or Green Vault, and stole 21 jewels containing more than 4,300 diamonds and valued at just under 114 million euros ( £95 million).

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In what appears to have been a carefully choreographed heist, planning for which began the previous summer, the thieves first turned on a circuit breaker panel, plunging the street lights around the palace housing the museum into darkness.

In the early morning hours of November 25, several people then entered the elaborate marble and mirrored room housing the jewelry and smashed a display case with an ax 56 times in less than 30 seconds before bending over the shards to grab. Items. with fishing twine. Items included an epaulette, a rapier, two shoe buckles, a hatpin, brooches, a jewel of the Polish Order of the White Eagle, a large diamond rose, and several skirt buttons.

A diamond-encrusted sword stolen during the raid.
A diamond-encrusted sword stolen during the raid. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The thieves used fire extinguisher foam to cover their tracks and quickly fled in their Audi getaway car. The whole flight is believed to have lasted about 10 minutes. The Audi was set on fire in an underground car park before the men drove a Mercedes disguised as a taxi back to Berlin.

Two of the suspects on trial have already been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for their involvement in the theft of the Great Maple Leaf, a 100kg gold coin worth 3.7 million euros in Berlin Bode Museum in 2017.

The defendants were seized after a year-long investigation by 40 officers, which included a series of raids involving hundreds of other officers who arrested three of the men in November 2020 and the other three in the following months.

The stolen items were acquired in the 18th century by Augustus the Strong, the Elector of Saxony and later King of Poland, who had a fierce rivalry with French King Louis XIV that extended to their collections of precious jewelry.

The jewels survived Allied bombings during World War II, but were later removed by Red Army soldiers and seized as spoils of war. They were returned to Dresden in 1958.

Authorities initially offered a €500,000 reward to anyone who led police to the location of the jewels. This has since been increased to €1.5 million following a private initiative to collect donations.

The defendants have so far refused to answer questions.

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Head of Dresden’s art collections, Marion Ackermann, said she reviewed security measures at her museums after exhibits were stolen from the Bode, where serious security flaws, including a faulty alarm system and a broken window, were discovered to have facilitated the theft.

The Dresden robbers, however, still managed to prepare for their robbery unnoticed a week in advance by using hydraulic bolt cutters to punch a hole in a window grille which they then glued back together to hide the break. On the night of the crime, a scanner that creates invisible barriers that trigger an alarm was turned off, although how this happened is unclear. The presence of the thieves in the building was not noticed until they appeared on security cameras, but it was considered too dangerous to apprehend them and they had escaped before police arrived.

Among the questions it is hoped the lawsuit will answer is whether the thieves had insider help at the museum. Evidence suggests they were aware of parts of the museum that security cameras could not pick up.

Ackermann said before the trial that she lived in hope that the items had not been broken for the sale of the individual diamonds and that she was optimistic that the publicity surrounding the trial would raise awareness among people in the trade who could be invited. to buy them. .

Green Vault manager Marius Winzeler told German media, “We won’t rest until we get the jewels back.”

The trial, involving 14 defense lawyers from across Germany, three prosecutors and representatives of the juvenile court due to the age of two of the defendants, twin brothers, at the time of the crime, is expected to continue at least until at the end of October. .

Prosecutors continue to separately investigate 40 other people in connection with the heist, including four men suspected of entering the museum disguised as tourists to gather strategic information about its security, layout and personnel movements.

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German Green Vault jewelry robbery trial opens in Dresden https://in-dresden.info/german-green-vault-jewelry-robbery-trial-opens-in-dresden/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/german-green-vault-jewelry-robbery-trial-opens-in-dresden/ BERLIN, January 28 (Reuters) – Six men accused of taking part in a 2019 jewelry heist at a museum housing one of Europe’s largest art collections appeared in court in Dresden on Friday, with the whereabouts of the treasures remaining a mystery. The defendants, German citizens between the ages of 22 and 27, who have […]]]>

BERLIN, January 28 (Reuters)Six men accused of taking part in a 2019 jewelry heist at a museum housing one of Europe’s largest art collections appeared in court in Dresden on Friday, with the whereabouts of the treasures remaining a mystery.

The defendants, German citizens between the ages of 22 and 27, who have not been named under German privacy laws applicable to the defendants, are charged with aggravated collective theft and aggravated arson, according to the Dresden public prosecutor’s office.

They are suspected of breaking into Dresden’s Gruenes Gewoelbe (Green Vault) museum in the early hours of November 25, 2019 and stealing 21 jewels containing more than 4,300 diamonds with an estimated value of 113 million euros ($125.79 million).

Unarmed museum security officers noticed the theft but were unable to intervene because they were not authorized to put themselves in danger, Der Spiegel magazine reported.

Prosecutors said in September that the defendants had not provided any information about the allegations. Police have offered 500,000 euros ($556,600) as a reward to anyone who can provide information on the whereabouts of the jewels.

All suspects are in custody. Two of them have already been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for taking part in the theft of the Great Maple Leaf, a 100-kilogram gold coin worth 3.75 million euros in Bode Museum in Berlin in 2017.

The Stolen Dresden Collection was assembled in the 18th century by Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and future King of Poland, who commissioned ever shinier jewelry as part of his rivalry with French King Louis XIV.

The treasures survived Allied bombing raids in World War II, only to be taken as spoils of war by the Soviet Union. They were returned to Dresden, the historic state capital of Saxony, in 1958.

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Dresden Green Vault jewelry robbery trial begins | News | DW https://in-dresden.info/dresden-green-vault-jewelry-robbery-trial-begins-news-dw/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/dresden-green-vault-jewelry-robbery-trial-begins-news-dw/ The trial of six men accused of committing one of the biggest jewel thefts in modern German history opened in Dresden on Friday. Prosecutors alleged the men were responsible for the November 2019 heist at the Green Vault Museum in Dresden, stealing treasure ($129 million). The men, aged 23 to 28, will be tried in […]]]>

The trial of six men accused of committing one of the biggest jewel thefts in modern German history opened in Dresden on Friday.

Prosecutors alleged the men were responsible for the November 2019 heist at the Green Vault Museum in Dresden, stealing treasure ($129 million).

The men, aged 23 to 28, will be tried in juvenile court, as two of them were minors at the time of the robbery. They face charges of organized theft and arson.

How the heist happened

Police said the thieves set fire to an electricity distribution box near the Green Vault museum to plunge the area into darkness.

They then sawed off iron bars to enter the showroom.

Security camera footage released by Dresden police after the robbery shows two suspects entering the room, waving their flashlights as they cross the black-and-white tiled floor.

They then smash a glass display case with an ax before grabbing the jewelry.

Police arrived at the scene five minutes after the alarm went off, by which time the thieves and the jewelry were gone.

The stolen jewels have not been found. Director of the Dresden State Art Collection, Marion Ackermann, declined to assess the stolen items, calling them “priceless”.

They caused about a million euros in damage to the museum and the parking lot.

What we know about the accused

Three suspects have been arrested after police raided 18 Berlin properties in November 2020.

Two brothers were arrested in December 2020 and May 2021, and the latest suspect was arrested last summer.

Two of the suspects had previous convictions for stealing a 100 kilogram (220 pound) gold coin from the Bode Museum in Berlin in 2017.

During their pursuit, police said the suspects were members of the so-called “Remmo clan”, which are known for their links to organized crime.

Four other men were being investigated on suspicion of aiding and abetting exploration of the crime scene the day before.

The trial is expected to last until October.

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Dresden museum robbery: six men tried for stealing 113 million euros worth of jewelry https://in-dresden.info/dresden-museum-robbery-six-men-tried-for-stealing-113-million-euros-worth-of-jewelry/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/dresden-museum-robbery-six-men-tried-for-stealing-113-million-euros-worth-of-jewelry/ Six men have been tried in Germany for the spectacular theft of 18th century jewelery from a museum in Dresden. It is estimated that 4,300 precious stones – worth more than 113 million euros – were stolen during the high profile robbery in November 2019. A total of 21 items recovered from the Green Vault […]]]>

Six men have been tried in Germany for the spectacular theft of 18th century jewelery from a museum in Dresden.

It is estimated that 4,300 precious stones – worth more than 113 million euros – were stolen during the high profile robbery in November 2019.

A total of 21 items recovered from the Green Vault Museum in Dresden have never been found. Culture ministry officials say the jewelry has “priceless material value”.

Six defendants, aged 22 to 28, appeared in a regional court in the eastern German city on Friday, charged with gang robbery and arson. They each face up to 10 years in prison.

In their opening statement, prosecutors said the suspects were members of an organized crime family known as the “Remmo clan.”

The suspects are said to have planned their crime “meticulously” and were armed during the robbery.

The Green Vault (Gruenes Geweolbe) – established in 1723 – is one of the oldest museums in the world and contains the treasure of Augustus the Strong of Saxony.

The exhibits include around 4,000 objects made of gold, precious stones and other materials.

The head of the Saxon State Art Collection in Dresden expressed hope that the international attention surrounding the treasures would make it more difficult to sell the stolen jewels.

The German police even offered 500,000 euros as a reward to anyone who could give information about the case.

Two of the men tried were convicted in 2020 of stealing a Canadian 100 kilogram gold coin dubbed the “big maple leaf” of the Bode Museum in Berlin in 2017.

The piece – estimated to be worth 3.75 million euros – has also not been recovered and authorities suspect it was likely cut into smaller pieces and sold.

The trial in Dresden is expected to continue until October.

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Dresden Green Vault jewelry robbery: Prosecutors charge 6 men | News | DW https://in-dresden.info/dresden-green-vault-jewelry-robbery-prosecutors-charge-6-men-news-dw/ Thu, 02 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/dresden-green-vault-jewelry-robbery-prosecutors-charge-6-men-news-dw/ German prosecutors said on Thursday they had charged six men in connection with the 2019 Dresden museum robbery. Gunmen had broken into the Green Vault museum and seized 21 jewels encrusted with more than 4,300 diamonds. Prosecutors said the insured value of the coins reached 113.8 million euros ($135 million) – in what has been […]]]>

German prosecutors said on Thursday they had charged six men in connection with the 2019 Dresden museum robbery.

Gunmen had broken into the Green Vault museum and seized 21 jewels encrusted with more than 4,300 diamonds.

Prosecutors said the insured value of the coins reached 113.8 million euros ($135 million) – in what has been called the largest heist in modern German history.

What we know about the suspects

Prosecutors are charging the six German nationals, aged 22 to 27, with aggravated gang robbery and aggravated arson.

Two of the suspects had previous convictions for stealing a 100 kilogram (220 pound) gold coin from Berlin’s Bode Museum in 2017 – another theft that rocked Germany.

Prosecutors did not name the suspects. But police said during their manhunt that the suspects were members of the so-called “Remmo clan”, a family of Arab descent known for its links to organized crime.

Burglary

The suspects were reportedly armed with a loaded revolver and a self-loading pistol with a silencer when they burst into one of the world’s oldest museums in the early hours of November 25, 2019.

Prosecutors said the suspects set fires before the break-in to cut off power to streetlights outside the museum and set fire to a car in a nearby garage.

Priceless 18th-century jewelry and other valuables from the collection of Saxon ruler Augustus the Strong were taken that night, said the Royal Palace in Dresden, which runs the museum.

Investigators are still looking for the stolen artifacts, prosecutors said.

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Six Germans indicted for the spectacular theft of a Dresden museum https://in-dresden.info/six-germans-indicted-for-the-spectacular-theft-of-a-dresden-museum/ Thu, 02 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/six-germans-indicted-for-the-spectacular-theft-of-a-dresden-museum/ Published on: 02/09/2021 – 12:00 German prosecutors said on Thursday they had charged six men in a spectacular 2019 heist when more than a dozen diamond-encrusted artifacts worth more than 100 million euros were snatched from a state museum. The suspects, all German nationals between the ages of 22 and 27, are charged with aggravated […]]]>

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German prosecutors said on Thursday they had charged six men in a spectacular 2019 heist when more than a dozen diamond-encrusted artifacts worth more than 100 million euros were snatched from a state museum.

The suspects, all German nationals between the ages of 22 and 27, are charged with aggravated gang robbery and aggravated arson.

Two of them had previous convictions for stealing a 100-kilogram (220-pound) gold coin from Berlin’s Bode Museum in 2017 – another theft that rocked Germany.

Armed with a loaded revolver and a self-loading pistol with a silencer, the men reportedly stormed into Dresden’s Green Vault museum in the early hours of November 25, 2019, carrying off 21 jewels encrusted with more than 4,300 diamonds.

The insured value of the coins reached 113.8 million euros ($135 million), prosecutors said in a statement.

None of the stolen items have been found.

The suspects are said to have started a fire to cut off the power supply to the street lights around the museum just before the burglary.

And while they were making their jaunt to Berlin, they allegedly set fire to an Audi S6 in an underground car park, leaving a total of 61 vehicles damaged.

The material damage is estimated at more than one million euros.

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Investigators are still looking for the stolen items, prosecutors added.

The Royal Palace in Dresden, which runs the museum, had said the items seized were priceless 18th-century jewelery and other valuables from the collection of Saxon ruler Augustus the Strong.

They included a sword whose hilt is encrusted with nine large diamonds and 770 small diamonds, and a shoulder pad which contains the famous 49-carat Dresden white diamond, the royal palace in Dresden said.

Prosecutors did not name the suspects.

But during their manhunt, police confirmed they were members of the so-called “Remmo clan”, a family of Arab descent known for its links to organized crime.

One of the pieces stolen from the Green Vault, which has one of the largest collections of Baroque treasures in Europe Juergen Karpinski Green Vault (Gruenes Gewoelbe)/AFP/File

In recent years, these “clans” of mainly Middle Eastern origin have become a particular target for the Berlin police.

In 2019, investigators targeted the Remmos with the seizure of 77 properties worth a total of 9.3 million euros, accusing them of having been bought with the proceeds of various crimes, including a bank robbery in 2014 .

Police also found no trace of the Canadian coin taken in the March 2017 heist at the Bode Museum, located near Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Berlin apartment.

The “Big Maple Leaf”, one of five coins minted in 2007, is considered the second largest gold coin in the world after the one-ton Australian kangaroo issued in 2012.

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Dresden museum robbery: six men accused of stealing 113 million euros worth of jewelry in Germany https://in-dresden.info/dresden-museum-robbery-six-men-accused-of-stealing-113-million-euros-worth-of-jewelry-in-germany/ Thu, 02 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://in-dresden.info/dresden-museum-robbery-six-men-accused-of-stealing-113-million-euros-worth-of-jewelry-in-germany/ Six people have been charged in Germany over the 2019 theft of jewelry and artwork from a museum in Dresden. Prosecutors announced on Thursday that they had charged six men with organized theft and arson. The suspects, aged 22 to 27, are accused of breaking into the Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe) museum in the eastern […]]]>

Six people have been charged in Germany over the 2019 theft of jewelry and artwork from a museum in Dresden.

Prosecutors announced on Thursday that they had charged six men with organized theft and arson.

The suspects, aged 22 to 27, are accused of breaking into the Green Vault (Grünes Gewölbe) museum in the eastern German town in November 2019.

At least 21 18th century jewels, including more than 4,300 diamonds, were stolen during the robbery. Investigators estimate that the transport had a total insured value of at least 113.8 million euros.

Searches have so far failed to locate the missing jewelry.

Prosecutors say the men set the fire just before the burglary to knock out power to streetlights outside the museum. The suspects also allegedly set fire to a car in a nearby garage before fleeing to Berlin.

Prosecutors said the men, who are all in custody, have not responded to the charges against them.

Two of the suspects are already serving sentences for participating in the theft of a 100-kilogram Canadian gold coin dubbed the “big maple leaf” from the Bode Museum in Berlin in 2017.

The piece, with an estimated value of 3.75 million euros, has also not been found. Authorities suspect it was likely cut into small pieces and sold.

The Dresden State Court will now decide whether to pursue the case against the six suspects.

The Grünes Gewölbe, established in 1723, is one of the oldest museums in the world and contains the treasure of Augustus the Strong of Saxony, comprising around 4,000 objects made of gold, precious stones and other materials.

Museum management said the stolen jewelry was “extremely significant from an art and cultural history perspective,” according to prosecutors.

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