Three men, including two members of the Arab family who are trapped in organized crime, are imprisoned for stealing 220 pounds of gold from the German museum
- The ‘Big Maple Leaf’ coin was taken from the Bode Museum in Berlin in 2017
- It has not surfaced and is thought to have been cut and melted
- Ahmed Remmo (21) and his cousin Wissam (23) were imprisoned for four years, six months
- Museum guard Dennis W, 21, was imprisoned for three years and four months
Three men, including two members of an Arab family in connection with organized crime, were imprisoned for a total of 12 years and four months after having stolen a rare 220-pound gold coin from a German museum.
The ‘Big Maple Leaf’, considered the second largest coin in the world, has not been found since it disappeared from the Bode Museum in Berlin and is believed to have been cut and melted.
The £ 600,000 coin was one of the five minted in Canada and bears the image of Queen Elizabeth II and a maple leaf. It is thought that it is worth considerably more when it is broken up, because it is 99.99 percent gold.
Ahmed Remmo, 21, and his cousin Wissam, 23, were both imprisoned for four years and six months, along with museum guard Dennis W, 21, who was detained for three years and four months at a court in Berlin. Ahmed Remmo’s brother Wayci, 25, was acquitted of all charges.
The Remmo family is said to be notorious for its involvement in organized crime.
Ahmed Remmo, 21, and his cousin Wissam, 23, (right) were both imprisoned for four years and six months. Security guard Dennis W, 21 (left) was imprisoned for three years and four months in a court in Berlin
The Defendant Ahmed Remmo, 21, imagined hiding his face during the trial in a Berlin court
Police in Berlin say that a gang broke into the Bode Museum of the city on Monday around 3:30 am before they left with this 221 lb coin called “The Big Maple”
The coin has a nominal value of £ 600,000, but with a purity of 99.99 percent gold it would be worth £ 3.5 million if it was melted
After the coin was stolen in March 2017, the police on the site and around Berlin in July linked the robbery to the ‘clan’ of Remmo who had seized weapons, luxury cars and more than 100,000 euros.
Researchers also used telephone taps and GPS devices to track cars and searched more than 50 homes, the defense said during the trial.
They also found a ladder through railway lines near the museum and a wheelbarrow that they said were involved in the robbery.
Security camera shots of the robbery show three men wearing dark hoodies, scarves and baseball caps on their way to the museum.
They broke through a window, broke a glass cupboard with an ax, and used a rope, wooden beam, and a wheelbarrow to raise the coin on adjacent elevated urban railways before going to a car, prosecutor Martina Lamb said.
A bust of Queen Elizabeth II is on one side of the coin, with maple leaves on the other side, where it takes its nickname
Officers say a ladder, believed to have been used in the attack, was found next to nearby railways – although they found no sign of the thieves
The Remmo family, whose patriarchs fled war-torn Lebanon in the 1980s, are considered to be one of the most notorious organized crime clans in Berlin.
Police focused on the Remmos last year with the seizure of 77 properties totaling 9.3 million euros, and accused them of having been purchased with the proceeds of various crimes, including a bank robbery in 2014.
In recent years, so-called ‘clans’ of mainly Middle Eastern descent have become a particular point of attention for police, politics and media in Berlin.
A popular fictional TV series, 4 Blocks, has even targeted a crime family in the Neukoelln district of the capital.