Jewels Heist: Six Men Have Been Charged With Stealing €113 Million Worth of Jewels From a Dresden Museum.
In Germany, six persons have been charged with stealing jewellery and artwork from a
Dresden museum in 2019.
On Thursday, prosecutors revealed that six individuals had been charged with
organized robbery and arson.
In November 2019, the suspects, aged 22 to 27, are alleged of breaking into the Green
Vault museum (Grünes Gewölbe) in the eastern German city.
The crime resulted in the theft of at least 21 pieces of 18th-century jewellery, containing
over 4,300 diamonds. The haul had a total insured value of at least €113.8 million,
according to investigators.
The missing jewels have yet to be discovered despite extensive searches.
Prosecutors believe the suspects started a fire to turn off the electricity to the museum’s
street lights shortly before the break-in. Before fleeing to Berlin, the suspects are said to
have set fire to a car in a nearby garage.
The men, who are all in detention, have not replied to the charges leveled against them,
according to prosecutors.
Two of the accused are already serving time for their roles in the 2017 theft of the “Big
Maple Leaf,” a 100-kilogram Canadian gold coin from Berlin’s Bode Museum.
The coin, thought to be worth €3.75 million, has also gone missing. It was likely split and
sold in smaller bits, according to authorities. The case against the six accused will now
be decided by the state court in Dresden.
The Grünes Gewölbe, one of the world’s oldest museums, houses Augustus the Strong
of Saxony’s treasury, which contains over 4,000 gold, precious stone, and other items. It
was founded in 1723.
According to authorities, the stolen jewels were “very important from the standpoint of
art and cultural history” at the museum.