police arrest suspects and search for diamonds

A year after a spectacular theft of diamonds in a museum in Dresden, the mystery could be solved with the arrest, Tuesday, November 17 in Germany, of three suspects, accompanied by numerous searches to try to find the stolen gems.

The police intervened in the early morning in the popular and trendy district of Neukölln, in the heart of Berlin, where they launched a major operation, mobilizing more than 1,600 agents. Result: three people arrested, “Strongly suspected” for participating in the burglary of the Grünes Gewölbe (“the Green Vault”) in Dresden in November 2019, and 18 searches targeting “Apartments, garages and vehicles”. The three arrested men, of German nationality, are suspected of “Aggravated thefts by organized gangs and arson” for two of them.

According to the tabloid image, the police link this case to the activities of a criminal family clan of Lebanese origin very active in Germany and already involved in the theft of a giant 100 kg gold coin, valued at around 3.75 million euros, stolen in 2017 from the Bode-Museum in Berlin. The criminals had been sentenced to prison terms, but the Canadian gold coin, called Big Maple Leaf and on which appeared the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, has never been found. Investigators believe that it was probably melted down and the gold sold or shipped abroad.

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“The epaulette case”

Concerning the daring theft of Dresden, the investigators are also trying to get their hands on all or part of the stolen loot: a dozen ornaments from the 18th century.e century, comprising jewels and precious stones, i.e. several “Hundreds” of diamonds, one of which is 49 carats. This unique piece was incorporated into an epaulet. The Saxony police have named their investigation “The epaulette case”. A sword whose hilt is encrusted with nine large diamonds and 770 small diamonds is also among the objects.

The police operation is “Focused on finding stolen artistic treasures and possible evidence, such as data storage media, clothing and tools”, explained the prosecution of Dresden in a statement. “You would have to be very lucky to find [les objets] one year after the crime ”Dresden police spokesman Thomas Geithner warned journalists in Berlin on Tuesday.

German police officers secure a street in Berlin during a major police operation a year after the burglary of the Dresden museum on November 17, 2020.

On November 25, 2019, the burglars entered the Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault) Museum at dawn in the baroque city of the former GDR and committed their crime there in a few minutes.

The management had described the stolen pieces of historical and cultural value « inestimable » and not quantifiable. Burglary caused turmoil in Germany, with culture minister talking about theft “Of constitutive pieces of our identity as a cultural nation [qui] touches our hearts “. The investigators offered a reward of 500,000 euros for any information in this case.

The «Remmo clan»

A fire had destroyed an electrical transformer located near the establishment, thus deactivating the museum’s alarms and the lighting of the adjacent streets. A surveillance camera continued to operate and filmed two men. The thieves entered through a small opening in a museum window and then entered the green vault of Augustus the Strong, Prince-Elector of Saxony and King of Poland in the 18th century.e century.

According to Image, the people arrested belong to the «Remmo clan», a large Kurdish family of Lebanese origin who has often had trouble with the police and the justice system in the past. Several family groups “Reign” in the underworld of Berlin and operate as criminal organizations, powerful and wealthy, according to experts.

From 1723, Auguste II, known as Auguste the Strong, stored in this museum, built in the XVIe century, his personal collection, associated with jewelry and works of Renaissance or Baroque art. The museum, one of the oldest in Europe, has an incomparable collection of treasures, made up of silverware, precious stones, porcelain, sculptures of ivory or amber, bronzes or vessels set with precious stones.

The World with AFP

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