Diamond jewelery stolen in German museum & # 39; was not insured & # 39;
Priceless jewelery that was stolen from a German museum yesterday during a dramatic raid was not insured, but emerged.
In the early morning of Monday morning, thieves broke into the green vault of Dresden and escaped in a flight car with three sets of 18th-century jewelry.
Researchers told Bild that the two guards who had been in shifts at that time were calling the police instead of pressing panic, which possibly cost valuable time.
In addition, one of the guards was on patrol when the burglars struck – making the earlier claims of the museum that they & # 39; as safe as Fort Knox & # 39; were mocked.
German media said that up to a billion euros worth of treasures was stolen – which would make it the biggest art theft in history.
Last night the police revealed camera images of two thieves who smashed a glass case during their 5-hour attack, but a manhunt has so far proved fruitless.
Burglary: CCTV recordings released last night show diamond thieves breaking open a glass case to & # 39; invaluable & # 39; jewelry to steal a billion euros from the Green Vault in Dresden
German Chancellor Angela Merkel who stood next to museum director Dirk Syndram during her visit to the Gruenes Gewoelbe (or Green Vault) in the Royal Palace in the East German city of Dresden in 2006
The small hole through which the robbers squeezed through can be seen in the lower left corner of the window (photo) outside the Green Vault in Dresden
A police investigator who takes photos outside the Residenzschloss. Researchers say the thieves have squeezed through a small opening in an iron grid above the windows
Experts at the museum, who once braged that their collection & # 39; was as safe as Fort Knox & # 39 ;, said yesterday that the value of the stolen items & # 39; immeasurable & # 39; and begged the thieves not to destroy them.
The burglars broke through a window after the area's power supply was turned off, investigators think.
Entering under the cover of darkness, two black-clad thieves can be seen on the surveillance images wielding axes near the glass case.
Once inside, she stole three jewelry ensembles that were commissioned by Saxons & former ruler Augustus the Strong in an 18th-century display of power.
The items in question are not supposed to be insured and there are fears that they might never be seen again.
Experts said Monday that the items would be too recognizable to be sold on the open market – meaning the thieves can dismantle or melt them.
The jewels were stolen after thieves set fire to a junction box, cut off the power to the museum's alarms and then hit a small opening in a grid of a window on the ground floor
Stolen: a cupboard with 18th-century jewelry (left) that was opened and plundered by a burglar in a German museum yesterday, resulting in an & # 39; immeasurable & # 39; loss has occurred
One of the gangs can be seen in the security footage waving an ax at the glass case during the attack to get through the reinforced exterior
The pieces stolen from the Royal Palace that houses the historic green vault, including a hairpin Maria Josephas (right) with a large diamond by Johann Melchior Dinglinger from 1713 and reworked in 1719, is in the exhibition & # 39; Splendor et laetitia & # 39;
Police say they were called at 4.59 am and arrived within minutes, but the burglars had already escaped in an Audi A6.
A burnt-out Audi A6 was later found in a nearby parking garage and detectives are now investigating it for directions.
During a press conference yesterday, researchers warned that the thieves were on their way to the highway within minutes of fleeing the museum.
It has also been found that two guards were in position at that time, but the police were calling emergency number 110 instead of triggering a panic alarm.
Dirk Syndram, one of the museum directors, said it was unclear whether the museum's alarm systems were activated at all.
German media described the & # 39; strikingly small thieves & # 39; who managed to get through a small hole to enter the vault and steal small jewelry instead of bulky items such as vases or paintings.
Liv von Boetticher, correspondent for the German broadcaster NTV, described the hole through which the thieves came through as & # 39; not larger than my head & # 39 ;.
She said: & I am standing by the corner window and I see the suspects have made a hole in the bars that is no bigger than my head.
& # 39; They must have been really small and really fit. It is no bigger than my head. & # 39;
A hat buckle of the diamond rose set (left) and a breast star of the Polish White Eagle Order (right) that were stolen from the Green Vault early yesterday morning
A necklace of 177 Saxon pearls (left) and a hair egret in the shape of a crescent (right), both stolen from the Green Vault
Closed: a police officer manning a cordon outside the Green Vault museum in Dresden, East Germany, yesterday morning after what could be an art theft of records
Two figures with hoods were recorded on film that entered the vault. The police said they focused on smaller items and avoided bulky items
Small thieves carry out the world's biggest robbery
The hooded figures shown in CCTV images of the raid at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden were described as & # 39; strikingly small & # 39 ;.
They are said to have been squeezed through a small hole to get into the Green Safe and pave their way to the cupboards.
German media said the bars that the robbers came through were & # 39; not larger than & # 39; the size of a human head.
The burglars allegedly left large objects such as vases or paintings and concentrated on smaller objects to create the & # 39; biggest robbery in the world & # 39; to be carried out.
Researchers linked the gang to another museum burglary in Berlin in 2017.
In that robbery, thieves broke through a window in the Bode Museum of the city around 3:30.
By the time the police arrived, the 221-pound coin, known as the Big Maple Leaf, had already disappeared.
The 221-pound coin, known as the large maple leaf, was stolen from the Bode Museum
A ladder thought to have been used during the raid was found next to nearby railways, but officers found no trace of the thieves.
The centimeter thick coin, with a bust of Queen Elizabeth II on the front and maple leaves on the back, measures more than 20 centimeters wide.
Museum owners said the coin is in the Guinness Book of Records because of the purity of 99.99 percent gold.
It has a face value of £ 800.00, but the gold in the coin alone would be worth nearly £ 3.5 million based on its weight.
Detectives are also investigating a possible link to a giant $ 4.5 million coin stolen from a museum in Berlin in March 2017.
Prosecutors claim that the burglars invaded the museum through an upper window and used a ladder, wheelbarrow and rope to grab the coin. Another process is ongoing.
Sources told RTL that the Berlin authorities yesterday investigated a tip from their colleagues in Dresden.
The police said last night that they have set up a special investigation team, code-named & # 39; Epaulette & # 39; and consisting of 20 specialized officers, to resolve the matter.
Researchers have not ruled out that more suspects could be involved.
Museum officials said the stolen sets included intricate and dazzling brooches, buttons, buckles, and other items decorated with gold, silver, ivory, and pearl.
A & # 39; chest arch & # 39; with more than 650 diamonds, weighing 600 carats, and a unique sword with a diamond-encased handle and sheath from 1719 were all taken into the raid.
Other jewels that were stolen during the raid were a diamond rose hat clasp, a military medal from the Polish White Eagle Order and a chain of 177 Saxon pearls.
The 18th-century ruler Augustus the Strong from Saxony competed with the French monarch Louis XIV to assemble the most extravagant jewelry, explained museum director Marion Ackermann yesterday, describing the stolen items as & # 39; state treasures of the 18th century & # 39 ;
Augustus, who was a voter of Saxony from 1694 to 1733 and was king of Poland for much of that time, established Dresden as a cultural center and founded the museum that was set up Monday.
The museum also houses a 25-inch figure of a Moor strewn with emeralds and a 648-carat sapphire donated by Tsar Peter I of Russia during a meeting in 1698.
Other valuable items are a jewel-studded sculpture of an Indian royal court made of gold, silver, enamel, precious stones and pearls.
Another is a golden coffee service from 1701 from court jeweler Johann Melchior Dinglinger, decorated with lazy cherubs.
A egret for the hair in the shape of a sun (left) and a jewel in palette shape (right) that have been stolen from the Green Vault in Dresden
An & # 39; epaulette & # 39; of the diamond rose set (left) and a jewel of the Polish White Eagle Order (right) that were stolen from the Green Vault
One of the pieces (above) stolen from the Royal Palace that houses the historic Green Vault (Gruenes Gewoelbe) in Dresden
Police officers were working yesterday behind a taped room in the Schinkelwache building after the copper raid in the Green Vault of Dresden
Investigation: A police officer wearing gloves and a mask works at the crime scene outside the Dresden Royal Palace on Monday morning after the burglary
Method of entry? A window on the side of the building where the thieves – who are said to be remarkably small – are feared to have forced their way inside
Marion Ackermann (right), director general of the art collections of Saxony, and Dirk Syndram (left), director of the Green Vault, speak at a press conference yesterday
What are & # 39; the world's biggest robberies?
Up to a billion euros (£ 850 million or $ 1.1 billion) in treasures may have been stolen during Monday's burglary, making it the largest robbery ever.
It would surpass a series of other famous thefts, including:
Theft of the Mona Lisa, Paris – $ 700 million at today's prices
Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece was stolen from the Louvre in Paris in 1911.
The thief, Vincenzo Peruggia, eventually brought it to Italy, where it was recovered and returned in 1914.
When it was assessed for insurance in the 1960s, the Mona Lisa was valued at $ 100 million – meaning it would be worth around $ 700 million today.
Gardner Museum, Boston – $ 500 million
In March 1990, two thieves stole 13 works of art worth $ 500 million from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.
The couple disguised themselves as police officers in Boston and left with artworks by Rembrandt and Manet, among others.
The crime remains unresolved and last year the museum renewed an offer of $ 10 million to find the artworks.
Hatton Garden, London – estimates up to £ 200 million
A gang of aging criminals looted 73 lockers in 2015 in the Hatton Garden Safety Deposit building in the jewelery district of London.
Disguised as workers, they abseil a lift shaft during the Easter weekend and use a diamond-tipped drill to cut through the hermit wall.
The thieves have stolen gold, silver, diamonds and jewelry and some estimates estimate the value at the time at £ 200 million.
Nazi theft by Adele Bloch-Bauer I – $ 135 million
A painting of his wife by the Jewish artist Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer was stolen by the Nazis in 1941.
It remained in Austria until 2006 when it was returned to the Bloch-Bauer family and sold for what was then a record of $ 135 million.
The Scream, Oslo – $ 120 million
The iconic painting The Scream by Edvard Munch was stolen in broad daylight in 2004 by stolen robbers.
It was recovered two years later by the police and one of the thieves died while still free.
In 2012, another version of the painting was sold in the US for $ 120 million.
Diamantroof, Antwerp – $ 100 million
In 2003, in a weekend at the Antwerp Diamond Center, thieves cleared vaults with diamonds, gold and jewelry worth more than $ 100 million.
The thieves passed infrared heat detectors and a lock with millions of possible combinations.
Museum director Ackermann said yesterday that she & # 39; shocked & # 39; was by the & # 39; brutality & # 39; of the attack at 5:00 a.m.
The material value of the jewelry was less important than the fact that the jewelry had come as a set, Ackermann said.
When asked about the suggested value of one billion euros (£ 850 million), she said the value of the stolen items could not be quantified.
& # 39; We are dealing with precious artistic and cultural treasures & # 39 ;, she told reporters in Dresden this afternoon. & # 39; We cannot give value because it is impossible to sell. & # 39;
She pleaded with the thieves not to destroy or melt the objects, she said the jewelry of & # 39; inestimable cultural and historical value & # 39; and could never be sold on the open market.
Dirk Syndram, another director of the museum, said the sets amounted to & # 39; a kind of world heritage & # 39 ;, with a total of around 100 jewelry.
He explained that the stolen sets were part of a collection of ten sets that not only included diamonds, but also sapphires, rubies and emeralds.
He said: & # 39; Nowhere in another collection in Europe are jewels or sets of jewels preserved in this form and quantity. The value is really in the ensemble. & # 39;
An expert has already warned that it will be difficult to trace the diamonds if they are not found in the coming days.
The thieves might break them up and sell them in separate parts, because trying to sell an entire ensemble looks suspicious, said Tobias Kormind of jewelery company 77Diamonds.
The police say they were informed of the burglary at 4.59 am and suspect the thieves were behind an electric fire that broke out in the neighborhood.
Switching off the electricity may have helped the burglars to disable the museum's alarm systems and also left the area in the dark. It is unclear whether the alarms were backed up.
The German Minister of Culture Monika Gruetters said that the protection of museums and cultural institutions is now & # 39; the highest priority & # 39; had.
& # 39; The theft of items that make up our identity as a cultural nation affects our heart, & # 39; she said.
An art theft of € 1 billion would certainly be the largest in history and almost 30 years ago surpassed the raid of $ 500 million at the Gardner Museum in Boston.
Two thieves disguised as police officers in March 1990 stole 13 artworks from the Boston museum and the crime remains unsolved.
In 1911, a thief stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in Paris. According to an estimate in the 1960s, the painting could be worth around $ 700 million today.
A message on the museum's website only indicated yesterday morning that the building for & # 39; organizational reasons & # 39; was closed. It is not expected to reopen before Wednesday.
& # 39; Not only our state collections, but we, the residents of Saxony, have also been robbed, said regional prime minister Michael Kretschmer.
& # 39; You cannot understand the history of our state without the Green Vault. The treasures found there were made by the hard work of people in our state. & # 39;
The security measures in the museum were fine and & # 39; extensive & # 39 ;, he said.
Interior Minister Roland Woeller said it was a & # 39; bitter day for the cultural heritage of Saxony & # 39; used to be.
The thieves have stolen invaluable cultural treasures – that is not only the material value, but also the intangible value for the Land of Saxony, which is impossible to estimate, & he said.
Taken: An image of the stolen goods in their cupboard is shown at a press conference on Monday afternoon in Dresden
A map showing where the burglary took place yesterday morning and the bridge where the thieves reportedly cut off a power supply to help them gain access
Forensic Investigation: A specialized police officer arrives near the former Royal Palace of Dresden to investigate the theft yesterday
Investigation: Police officers work behind a cordon tape in the museum, which was closed to visitors on Monday after the early morning burglary
Police band hangs over a doorway in the Dresden museum, where thieves broke in after the power supply stopped and a fire broke out
Doors closed: a sign at the entrance to the Green Vault informs visitors that no tickets are available yesterday after the burglary on Monday morning
Search for evidence: a police officer searches the stairs of the royal palace in Dresden on Monday morning after a 5-hour attack at the museum
Search: A German police officer looks for evidence outside the Royal Palace of Dresden, which houses the Green Vault, where thieves have organized a burglary
Crime scene: yesterday a police van outside the historical museum after a burglary
A representation of the former royal palace of Dresden yesterday, where the collection of treasures can be seen
Stolen diamonds & # 39; may be broken up and sold & # 39;
The diamond sets stolen in Dresden can be broken up and sold because an attempt to sell the entire ensembles would be too suspicious, an expert said.
Tobias Kormind, director of jewelry company 77Diamonds, said the chances of recovery of the goods were dramatic & # 39; will fall if they are not found in the coming days.
That is why they are likely to cut the diamonds separately so that they cannot be traced, he said.
Alternatively, the thieves can hope for an & # 39; oligarch & # 39; to convince to keep the stolen items in a safe, he said.
& # 39; Because the pieces take place in famous images and artworks, it is impossible to sell them – they are too easy to identify as stolen, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Most likely, the thieves will split the works and remove the stones and cut them back separately, destroying much of the value.
& # 39; The white diamonds can be easily turned back and are no longer traced.
& # 39; If the thieves are smart and are not caught in the coming days, the chance of the goods ever being recovered drastically diminishes.
& # 39; But the thieves have to leave their mark very carefully. If only one stone is traced, the chain can return quickly and part of the goods will be recovered. & # 39;
The Dresden Museum was founded by in 1723 and houses thousands of items, including historical coins and jewelry.
One of his most valuable treasures – a 41-carat natural green diamond called the Dresden Green – is currently on loan in New York.
The museum did not value the piece, but said it cost 400,000 thalers at the time of purchase compared to the 288,000 thalers to build the city's lush Frauenkirche church around the same time.
In 2010, then museum director Martin Roth boasted in an interview with Die Welt that the Green Vault & # 39; was as safe as Fort Knox & # 39 ;.
Roth explained how the vault was protected by & # 39; invisible & # 39; security systems, but warned that the greatest danger was that information leaked from the inside.
The collection dates from 1723, while the royal palace of Dresden that houses it was first built in 1533 as the home for voters and later kings of Saxony.
The Green Vault owes its name to the green colored columns and decoration in some of the rooms.
The museum and the palace were rebuilt after the devastating Allied bombing of Dresden in World War II. Some items were looted by Soviet troops in 1945, but returned later.
Part of the collection remained closed to visitors during the Cold War, when Dresden was part of the communist East Germany.
However, the museum was extensively rebuilt in the 2000s and its two exhibitions are now one of the & # 39; best kept treasure houses in Europe & # 39 ;, says the website.
Angela Merkel organized the then American president Barack Obama there in 2009 during his first months in office.
Targeted: visitors to the Green Vault in Dresden where thieves reportedly stole up to a billion euros in treasure in an early morning robbery
A police van parked outside the Green Vault Museum in Dresden yesterday after a burglary of items that were feared to be worth a billion (£ 850 million)
Presence: A police officer walks through the gates of the city palace in Dresden yesterday, where the authorities investigate a huge art theft
The former royal palace of Dresden – the home of former voters and kings of Saxony in the centuries before Germany was united – can be seen on Monday
The green vault of Dresden takes its name from the green colored columns and decoration in rooms such as this one
VIP visitors: German Chancellor Angela Merkel organized the then American President Barack Obama in the Green Vault in Dresden in 2009 (photo)
A police officer kneels down at the stairs of the royal palace while investigating the burglary in the green vault of Dresden
Pictured left: police officers outside the Green Vault entrance; right: a researcher works on the stage of a cordon
Treasures: Visitors view the collection in the green vault of Dresden that dates from the 18th century and contains thousands of items
Precious: some of the gems in the museum's collection can be seen in this file photo
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