Dresden Museum confirms theft of jewel-encrusted items worth about US$1.1 bln
Last update: 28/11/2019
MOSCOW, Nov 28 -- The press service of the Dresden State Art Collections confirmed on Wednesday that the thieves had stolen more than 10 items reportedly estimated at €1 billion (US$1.1 billion), including a 49-carat Dresden White diamond, from the famous Grünes Gewölbe (Green Vault) state museum, reported Sputnik news agency.
Early on Monday, the museum’s jewelry room was raided by a well-organised gang of thieves who snatched jewels from three priceless diamond sets in what has been promptly dubbed in media as the largest art theft in history.
A special commission is currently working in Dresden to investigate the case, while the perpetrators are still on the loose.
"The thieves stole 11 items and individual parts of two additional pieces, as well as a collection of buttons," the Green Vault museum said in a statement posted on its website.
According to the list of stolen jewelry, the heist haul included a decorative shoulder piece containing the famous 49-carat Dresden White diamond and other large diamonds weighing 39.5 carats and 21 carats.