The jewels were part of the museum tells Grünes Gewölbe (“green Vault”), located in a castle in Dresden, which contains one of the largest collections of treasures in Europe.
26 November 2019 17h44
The mystery remains, after a burglary spectacular in Germany
Isabelle Le Page
BERLIN — The German police remained in limbo Tuesday after a burglary dramatically in the museum of Dresden, where at least two people have stolen in just a few minutes of the jewels of the Eighteenth century are of inestimable value.
The authorities acknowledged to have no track in what is described by the German media as the most important stolen works of art since the Second world War : they continued to look for traces of DNA, and passed it to the screen on Tuesday a parking lot where criminals have apparently made the burning of a car used to flee, police said in a press release.
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Monday, shortly before 5 a.m., at least two burglars managed to break into the museum of the baroque city of the former GDR to steal ornaments dating back to the Eighteenth century.
The jewels were part of the museum tells Grünes Gewölbe (“green Vault”), located in a castle of the city, which contains one of the largest collections of treasures in Europe.
In just a few minutes, they seized many items of jewellery and precious stones, of which the exact details had not been unveiled, even though the loot as a whole was lower than feared the day before.
“Most of the objects have been spared that we thought. It is a good thing that it was night, because many of the works have not been noticed”, said Tuesday the director of the art collections of the State of Dresden, Marion Ackermann.
Police issued photos of stolen objects, such as a sword set with nine large diamonds and 770 smaller, of gold and silver, an epaulette lined with more than 200 diamonds, or even a loop made of more than 600 brilliant.
Mrs. Ackermann had spoken on the eve of a damage of a historical and cultural value “priceless” and not quantifiable.
A video released by police shows two thieves break into a room of the museum with flashlights. And then one of the two, who wears a hood, the breeze blows of the axe and a showcase.
A fire destroyed an electrical transformer located nearby, and has, it seems, set off alarms in the museum, and the lighting of adjacent streets.
“The criminals have shown a strong determination criminal in taking the treasure,” said Tuesday the head of the security of the museum, Michael John, which explains that the two guards have preferred to call the police rather than intervene themselves.
Jörg Kubiessa, the police chief of Dresden, spoke Monday evening to an act of “well-prepared”, referring to a possible “band” criminal origin of the vol.
“It was a burglary rather awkward. If this had been planned meticulously, they would have been much more sophisticated,” says his side Tobias Kormind, managing director of the retailer of diamonds british 77diamonds.
This is the second flight of importance in Germany in recent years : in 2017, a piece of gold giant 100 kilos, of a value of approximately 3.75 million euros, had been stolen at the Bode-Museum in Berlin.
Several of the suspected perpetrators of the theft, members of a family clan, a criminal of lebanese origin, are brought to justice. The room would have been molten.
“World cultural heritage”
After having neutralized the alarms of the museum, the robbers entered the strong room green of Augustus the Strong, prince-elector of Saxony and king of Poland in the Eighteenth century.
From 1723, Augustus II known as Augustus the Strong, was stored in this museum, built in the Sixteenth century, his personal collection, associated with jewellery and works of the Renaissance, or Baroque art.
A part of the museum, one of the oldest of Europe, was destroyed during the Second world War during the allied bombing of 13 February 1945, before being rebuilt.
The museum is considered to have one of the largest collections of treasures in Europe, consisting of jewelry, precious stones, porcelain, carvings in ivory and amber, bronzes and vessels set with precious stones.
To the director of the museum, the jewels stolen were “part of world cultural heritage”.