25 November 2019 12:34
An officer outside the Green Vault this morning (Picture: Reuters) Antique jewellery believed to be worth more than a billion euros has been stolen in a raid on a German museum. Detectives said the Green Vault in Dresden was targeted by thieves in the early hours of this morning. It reports that thieves switched off an electricity supply to the museum at 5am before breaking in through a window. The Green Vault holds the largest collection of treasures in Europe (Picture: Reuters) According to Bild, the amount stolen from the museum may have been worth up to a billion euros (Picture: Getty) Green Vault 'Gruenes Gewoelbe' in Dresden, Germany, was targeted in the early hours (Picture: Getty) Police believe thieves cut off the power supply before breaking into the museum through a window at 5am (Picture: Rex) Thieves broke into Dresden's Grünes Gewölbe early Monday morning, police said. The eastern German museum, known in English as the Green Vault, houses Europe's largest collection of treasures.
Police said the thieves targeted the historic section of the museum, which is divided into two sections — the historic treasure chamber of Augustus II the Strong dating to 1733, and the new section, which displays individual treasures. The high-profile heist comes after a 100kg (220 pounds), 24-carat giant gold coin was stolen from Berlin's Bode Museum in 2017. The most spectacular art robberies in history The world's most frequently stolen painting Rembrandt's portrait of "Jacques III de Gheyn" wasn't stolen from Britain's Dulwich Picture Gallery just once, but four times, namely in 1966, 1973, 1981 and 1986. The most spectacular art robberies in history Da Vinci disappeared for years "Madonna of the Yarnwinder" by Leonardo da Vinci, valued at €70 million ($76 million) was stolen from a Scottish castle in 2003. The most spectacular art robberies in history Armed assault on the Munch Museum Two paintings by expressionist Edvard Munch, "The Scream" and "Madonna," were stolen in Oslo in 2004.
BERLIN (AP) — Thieves have carried out a heist at Dresden's Green Vault, one of the world's oldest museum containing priceless treasures and jewels, making off with treasures of "immeasurable worth," German officials said Monday. The treasury of Augustus the Strong of Saxony was established in 1723 and today contains around 4,000 objects of gold, precious stones and other materials on display in the historic palace. The governor of Saxony, where Dresden is located, said the vault contained items collected over many hundreds of years. Multiple burglars forced their way into the building in the early morning hours, and authorities were still trying to assess the losses, Interior Minister Roland Woeller told reporters. The thieves "stole cultural treasures of immeasurable worth — that is not only the material worth but also the intangible worth to the state of Saxony, which is impossible to estimate." Police said it was too early to estimate the value of the items stolen but planned to provide further information over the course of the day.
According to Bild, they stole jewellery and diamonds which may have been worth up to a billion euros (£850million), although police are yet to reveal exactly what was taken. State officials said the thieves had stolen 'cultural treasures of immeasurable worth' as police examined the crime scene today. Investigation: A police officer wearing gloves and a mask works at the crime scene outside Dresden's royal palace this morning following the break-in A window at the side of the building where the thieves - who were said to be noticeably small - are feared to have forced their way inside Sealed off: A police officer mans a cordon outside the Green Vault museum in Dresden, eastern Germany, this morning following what could be a record art theft Saxony police acknowledged in a statement this morning that 'unknown' thieves had broken inside the museum but said further details were not yet available. State police officers are now at the crime scene as they investigate how the thieves got inside. A notice on the museum's website this morning states only that the building is closed today for 'organisational reasons'. The museum's Twitter account confirmed the break-in and said a press conference was due at 1pm German time (12pm GMT). A map showing where the break-in took place this morning and the bridge where the thieves are believed to have cut off a power supply to help them gain entry Police tape hangs across a doorway at the Dresden museum, where thieves broke in after the power supply was stopped and a fire broke out Search for evidence: A police officer scours the steps of the Dresden royal palace for evidence on Monday morning following a 5am raid on the museum Search: A German policeman looks for evidence outside the Dresden royal palace which houses the Green Vault where thieves staged a break-in this morning Crime scene: A police van parks outside the historic museum today following a break-in A view of Dresden's former royal palace today where the collection of treasures is on display Targeted: Visitors at the Green Vault in Dresden where thieves are feared to have stolen up to a billion euros' worth of treasure in an early-morning heist today 'Not only our state collections but we the people of Saxony have been robbed,' said regional premier Michael Kretschmer. 'You cannot understand the history of our state without the Green Vault. The thieves 'stole cultural treasures of immeasurable worth - that is not only the material worth but also the intangible worth to the state of Saxony, which is impossible to estimate,' he said. Two thieves disguised as police officers stole 13 works of art from the Boston museum in March 1990 and the crime remains unsolved. The Dresden museum was founded by Augustus the Strong, an 18th-century elector of Saxony, and houses thousands of items including historic coins and jewellery. The museum did not put a current value on the piece, but said that at the time of its purchase it cost 400,000 thalers, compared to the 288,000 thalers it cost to build the city's lavish Frauenkirche church at around the same time. A police van parks outside the Green Vault museum in Dresden today following a burglary of items feared to be worth up to a billion euros (£850million) Presence: A police officer walks through the gates of the city palace today in Dresden where authorities are investigating a massive art theft Dresden's former royal palace - the home of the former electors and kings of Saxony in the centuries before Germany was unified - is seen today VIP visitors: German chancellor Angela Merkel hosted then-US president Barack Obama at the Green Vault in Dresden in 2009 (pictured) The collection dates back to 1723, while the Dresden royal palace which houses it was first built in 1533 as the home for the electors and later kings of Saxony. A police officer kneels down by the steps of the royal palace today as he investigates the break-in at Dresden's Green Vault Pictured left: Police officers outside the entrance to the Green Vault this morning; right: an investigator works at the scene of a cordon Treasures: Visitors look at the collection in Dresden's Green Vault which dates back to the 18th century and contains thousands of items