It was a bracelet for these jewel thieves.
Three members of a crime syndicate were arrested for a museum worth about $ 2.8 billion in 18th-century jewelry after extensive raids on Tuesday in Germany, but two of their belongings – and a cache of missing gems – remain in the air.
A team of some 1,600 cops from federal special police forces and local agencies targeted 18 locations in the sweep, including the Neukolen district in Berlin and 10 apartments, garages and vehicles.
They apprehended three German nationals in connection with the dramatic Dresden Museum robbery from November 2019 – but failed to find two 21-year-old members of an organized crime family as suspects.
They reportedly failed to find any of the untrained gems that once belonged to the Saxon ruler The Strong and were snatched from a green vault inside a museum within the Royal Palace of Dresden.
Marion Ackerman, director of museums in Dresden, said that seeing the arrest as an encouraging development, we hope the jewelry sets will be found and they will soon be able to return to their original locations.
However, Dresden Police spokesman Thomas Geithner admitted, “We must have a lot to find them after one year of the crime.”
Ackerman previously refused to put a price on the stolen goods, calling them “priceless”, but sources said it was worth at least $ 1.2 billion. One of its most famous treasures – the 41-carat Dresden “Green Diamond” – was out on loan at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art at the time of the break-in, which was captured on surveillance footage.
The three arrested were identified only as German citizens, two 23-year-old children and a 26. He is scheduled to appear before an investigating judge on Tuesday.
Prosecutors said they were tied to the “Rambo clan”, a so-called “Lebanese mafia” family whose members were jailed earlier this year in the 2017 burglary of the “Big Maple Leafs” in Berlin, There is a 220-pound coin, which is the second largest in the world and has never been recovered.
Two family members – Abdul Majid Remo and Mohammed Remo, both 21 – were named as suspects at Dresden Heist, but were not located during Tuesday’s raid.
All five are charged with “two counts of aggravated gang robbery and arson”, Dresden prosecutors said, according to Agnes France-Presse.
Berlin’s top security officer, Andreas Gesell, said the raids should serve as a warning of organized crime.
“No one should believe that he has set himself above the rules of the state,” Geisel said.
A reward of $ 593,000 was previously offered for information about the miscreants, but it was not clear when the information was revealed during Tuesday’s raids.
The legislator was caught in theatrical surveillance footage which showed him breaking into the museum with an ax after cutting the local power supply.
Police responded within five minutes – but the miscreants had already escaped.
Bild said the robbers first landed in an Audi, which was then abandoned and tortured – switched to a Mercedes that was painted to look like a taxi.
His loot included a sword, which was tilted with nine large and 770 small diamonds, and a shoulder piece containing the famous 49-carat Dresden white diamond, the Royal Palace of Dresden said.
The collection was brought together in the 18th century by Augustus the Strong, the Elector of Saxony and later the King of Poland, who commissioned and collected attractive jewelry as part of a rivalry with King Louis XIV of France.
The treasures of the green vault survived Allied bombing raids in World War II, only to be sealed as war spoils by the Soviet Union. He returned to Dresden in 1958.
With post wires