Theft of diamonds from a “priceless” in a German museum

Vol de diamants d’une «valeur inestimable» dans un musée allemand

One of the three jewels stolen from the museum of The green Vault of Dresden, Monday morning

November 25, 2019 17h04

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Theft of diamonds from a “priceless” in a German museum

Mathieu Foulkes

AFP

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BERLIN — Three ornaments of diamonds in the Eighteenth century, a value of “priceless”, were stolen Monday morning in a Dresden museum in Germany that has a collection of treasures unique in Europe.

Early on Monday morning, at least two burglars managed to break into the museum of The green Vault, which has about 4,000 parts, to steal three ornaments of diamonds and rubies, according to police.

“We are shocked by the brutality of this flight,” said museum director Marion Ackermann, at a press conference.

The director spoke of a prejudice of a historical and cultural value “priceless” and not quantifiable. “We can’t reduce to a value, because they are not for sale,” said Ms. Ackermann.

Vol de diamants d’une «valeur inestimable» dans un musée allemand

One of the three jewels stolen from the museum of The green Vault of Dresden, Monday morning

AFP, Juergen Karpinski

Another responsible of the museums of the city indicated that the ornaments stolen were “part of world cultural heritage”.

Given their reputation, the jewelry is hardly negotiable, as is on the market and the managers of the museum do not exclude that thieves seek to carve out for recycling in another form. “It would be horrible,” said the directive from the museum.

A fire destroyed an electrical transformer located close Monday around 5am, disabling the alarms of the museum and the lighting of adjacent streets. Investigators are trying to establish if there is a link between the two events.

Vol de diamants d’une «valeur inestimable» dans un musée allemand

One of the three jewels stolen from the museum of The green Vault of Dresden, Monday morning

AFP, Juergen Karpinski

A surveillance camera has continued to operate and has filmed two men.

The thieves entered through a small opening of a window of the museum before you access the trimmings. They smashed the shop window with an axe, said the police.

The surroundings of the museum have been completely cordoned off by police and the museum closed.

The burglars managed to break into the strong room green of Augustus the Strong, prince-elector of Saxony and king of Poland in the Eighteenth century.

The museum is considered to have one of the largest collections of treasures in Europe, consisting of jewelry, precious stones, porcelain, sculptures, bronzes or containers set with precious stones.

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