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Spectacular art Heist in the case of a power failure, in Dresden

It is one of the most spectacular cases of the last decades: a burglar stole from the famous treasure chamber, the Green vault in Dresden's art treasures from hardly measurable value.

Probably the two offenders got in through a window in the residence, the castle in the middle of Dresden's old town. According to the initial findings of the police, more offenders might be involved. So far any trace was missing of them. A ten-member special Commission called "flashes" 're currently in the search for the perpetrators.

The surveillance camera in the jewel room showed two burglars, said the head of the criminal investigation, Volker Lange. The offender had previously a grid cut and the Windows smashed. Subsequently, the target to be received securely in a Cabinet and had them smashed with an axe.

according to The figures, the perpetrators fled in an Audi A6 from the crime scene. A little later, an identical vehicle was set in an underground car Park in the city zone of Dresden on fire. The investigators are examining the vehicle and backing tracks. The motorway in the direction of Poland, and in the direction of Berlin is located only a few minutes away. The Federal police has been turned on. The safety concept of the Museum should also be checked.

"A state treasure"

The stolen goods are according to present knowledge, diamonds and brilliant-cut diamonds from the 18th century. Century. The Director General of the Dresden State art collections, Marion Ackermann, spoke of a "state treasure". The amount of damage is still unclear (read here the Interview with the broker for art insurance companies about the booming field of art theft).

The burglary was discovered early Monday morning. To 04.59 PM you would have received from the security service, the Information that there was a break-in, said Dresden police President Jörg Kubiessa. Shortly thereafter, the first strip was alarmed car, a little later, all 16 in the city area available for use were, therefore, cars with the intelligence instructs.

a possible connection with the fire of a power distributor in the area of the Augustus bridge in the early hours of Monday morning, is also Examined. This had caused a power failure and total darkness. Among other things, the street lamps in the area of the residence castle had failed.

This Vitrine was smashed by the thieves targeted. Photo: Screenshot of live stream

connection with a fire in a power distributor?

a possible connection with the fire of a power distributor in the area of the Augustus bridge in the early hours of Monday morning, is also Examined. This resulted in a power outage. Among other things, the street lamps in the area of the residence castle had failed. "There was complete darkness," said Long.

Shortly after the fact, there was a fire in the vehicle in Dresden. Investigators are checking whether or not it could be the getaway car. The motorway in the direction of Poland, and in the direction of Berlin is located only a few minutes away. The Federal police has been turned on.

about 100 objects from the gem sets of Friedrich August I. (the Strong) are Affected there may be. The ensemble of buttons, buckles, Hutzier, religious, armpit, or floor buttons are grinding with brilliant-cut diamonds, diamonds, rubies, emeralds or sapphires. How much is disappeared from it, was initially unclear.

According to the Director General of the Dresden State art collections, Marion Ackermann, the value of the Diebesguts not quantify. The value was such a thing, she said. You don't "could resolve in a value of". The special significance lies less in the material than in the completeness of the ensemble. They hoped that the stolen property was withdrawn because of "international recognition" of the art market. After the break-in to the concept of security is checked again.

The Green vault is located in the heart of the city of Dresden. Graphics: Tamedia

Saxony Minister of the interior, Roland woeller language of "art treasures of immeasurable value". Also in Saxony, the head of the government Michael Kretschmer showed on Monday, in horror: "Not only the State art collections were robbed, but we are Saxony!", Kretschmer said.

"The values that are found in the Green vault and the Royal, have been developed by the people of the free state of Saxony for many centuries, hard," said Kretschmer. "You can't understand the history of our country, our free state without the Green vault and the State art collections of Saxony."

in The morning the track was backup at the crime scene, the police had to guard a part of the treasure chamber as well as the opposite ligende Schinkel locked the cashier of the Semper Opera. On the outside of the treasure chamber seemed to be intact, the Windows are protected by the historic cast-iron grilles.

Saxony's elector August the Strong (1670-1733) had to create the treasure chamber, between 1723 and 1730. Today it is presented in two sections. The Historical Green vault in the Dresden Residenz, the Baroque treasure chamber Museum of the Saxon electors and kings castle. In ten beautifully-appointed rooms, it houses around 3000 pieces of jewelry and other masterpieces made of Gold, silver, precious stones, ivory and other precious materials.

image path: burglary in Dresden's treasure chamber

After the break-in, you can open the residence, the castle may be back on Wednesday. After the burglary, the residence remained in the castle closed on Mondays for visitors. A sign at the entrance in English and in German pointed out that the Museum stay out of "organisational reasons" closed.

Saxony's elector August the Strong (1670-1733) had to create the treasure chamber, between 1723 and 1730. Today it is presented in two sections. The historical part is located on the ground floor of the residence castle in the authentically restored rooms of the collection. One floor above the New Green shows vault of special individual pieces.

One of the most valuable pieces of the Green vault is currently exhibiting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York – the Green diamond. The hat-piece of jewelry with the unique stone of the 41-carat gold and natural coloring is considered the most spectacular on loan from the exhibition "Making marvel's: the Science and Splendor at the Courts of Europe".

what to do with the loot?

compared To the "Bild"-Zeitung, Bernhard Pacher, managing Director of the auction house Hermann Historica explained that every single piece is known and documented, so that it could not be officially sold. "Possible to order the theft of someone of the exhibits in the basement, you just want to have for themselves," says Pacher would be.

on the Basis of the stolen amount Pacher suspected that the thieves want to implement the pure material value. "Large, valuable quantities of diamonds and precious let the stones easier to remove than, for example, Gold, or larger and heavier objects of art," says Pacher. Gems would be broken out and recast, or in well-known grinding centers brought to new pieces to produce.

"In a cultural and historical value of a good billion euros would remain at an appropriate makeover to still be a material value of 100 to 200 million euros" to Pacher.

treasures in the Green vault the most striking objects are the creations of the court jeweller and Ding linger, but also Ivory, Woodturning companies, Perl figures and jewels to count. To The Article. (red/sda)

Created: 25.11.2019, 19:17 PM

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