Dresden: The biggest post-war theft ever
On the 25th of November, in Dresden, a sensational robbery took place. The robbery came as a real blow to the state, as jewels, diamonds and precious gems worth 1 billion euros were stolen.
The robbery began at 5 in the morning and the thieves, to boost their chances of success, cut the power off in the streets, setting fire to an electrical control unit. Then they entered through a small window near the art collections where most of the 60 stolen pieces were located. The heist was perfectly planned. The police even think that the thieves were helped by a museum employee. The criminals had time to cut the railing, break the window glass, destroy the jewelry case with an ax and escape undisturbed, thanks to the alarm system that did not work properly. Even if the museum guards would have seen the two thieves in action, they could not have intervened anyway. The rules state that in every museum guards must warn the police without intervening.
The stolen jewels were priceless. They were unique eighteenth century pieces. Funnily enough bulky paintings and objects were left behind, as these would probably have made the robbers’ escape more difficult. Luckily, the most precious jewel of the collection was saved from theft, namely the green diamond, the “Green Dresden”, a 41-carat almond-shaped gemstone on display at the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
The thieves are now wanted by the German police, who have set up a task force of 40 people to recover the stolen goods. According to the prosecutor, the police also promised a reward of 500,000 euros for anyone who provides intel on the robbers.