The Dresden public prosecutor has accused another man in connection with the burglary in the historic Green Vault in 2019. She accuses the 54-year-old Dutchman of commercial fraud, the prosecutor announced on Wednesday.
He is said to have offered the Dresden State Art Collections in Antwerp on December 27, 2021 to organize the buyback of the breast star of the Polish Order of the White Eagle, which had been stolen during the break-in into the Green Vault. The man had no access to the piece of jewelery that had been stolen by members of a Berlin clan.
Representatives of the art collections gave him 40,000 euros for the buyback. The Dutchman then fled with the money.
At the request of the public prosecutor, the district court of Dresden issued a European arrest warrant against the man, who had multiple criminal records, in May 2022. At the time he was in custody in the Netherlands for another offence. On November 10, 2022 he was transferred to Germany. Since then he has been in custody in Dresden.
During the burglary in November 2019, around 4,300 diamonds and brilliants were stolen from the Saxon treasury in Dresden's Residenzschloss within a few minutes. The loot was estimated to be worth 113 million euros.
Since January 2022, six young men from Berlin have been charged with serious gang theft before the Dresden Regional Court. Some of the accused have already admitted their involvement in the crime.
Some of the loot from the Green Vault is back in Dresden. Apparently there was a deal between the defense and the prosecution. The accused hope for "a penalty discount or a transfer to Berlin," says WELT reporter Alexander Dinger.