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Dresden Vault Billion Euro Jewel Heist

Bernnie Federko

TRIBE Member
Dresden Royal Palace museum heist ‘largest postwar art theft’

Thieves have broken into Germany’s largest collection of historic treasures and stolen a cache of antique jewellery and precious stones with a total reported value of a billion euros.

At about 5am today the intruders cut the power supply to the Green Vault in Dresden’s Royal Palace and broke into the museum through a window.

They escaped before the theft could be detected and are said to have made their getaway in a limousine waiting outside the building. They are still at large but there is said to be CCTV footage of the suspects.

The Green Vault at Dresden's Royal Palace, which is home to around 4,000 precious objects made of ivory, gold, silver and jewels, was broken into early Monday morning.

Police confirmed a "break-in at the Green Vault" and said the thieves were on the run.

Officials did not give an estimate but Bild newspaper reported that "antique jewellery worth around a billion euros has been stolen".

Three jewellery sets of diamonds and rubies were stolen, director Marion Ackermann said, calling the haul "priceless".

Ackermann refused to estimate the exact value of the items stolen from a display cabinet at the near 300-year-old Green Vault museum in Dresden, adding that the jewellery was of "inestimable cultural and historical value".

Bild reported that the criminals had broken into the well-protected palace by attacking a nearby power distributor and climbing through a window.

They then proceeded to target smaller items of jewellery, leaving larger, bulkier items behind, Bild claimed, without citing sources.

The Green Vault is one of the oldest museums in Europe, having been founded by the August the Strong, Elector of Saxony in 1723.

One of 12 museums which make up the famous Dresden State Art Collections, the vault is split into a historic and a newer exhibition.

The historic section, which contains around three quarters of the museum's treasures, was the one broken into on Monday.

Its treasures include a 63.8-centimetre figure of a Moor studded with emeralds and a 547.71-carat sapphire.

The theft is the second high-profile heist in Germany in recent years, after a 100kg, 24-carat giant gold coin was stolen from Berlin's Bode Museum in 2017.
 
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