Burglars broke into Berlin’s Stasi Museum, which showcases objects of East Germany’s hated secret police, making off with collectible medals and gold jewelry, authorities stated Sunday, days after a spectacular diamond heist in Dresden.
The robbers broke in via a window on the primary flooring, “smashed a number of showcases, and stole medals and jewelry”, stated police in an announcement.
They made off with their spoils undetected.
The time of the raid was unclear however a museum worker discovered showcases smashed within the exhibition rooms on Sunday morning.
Museum director Joerg Drieselmann instructed the Tagesspiegel each day that among the many medals taken have been a gold Patriotic order of Benefit, an Order of Karl Marx — the very best honour awarded within the former communist East Germany and an Order of Lenin.
Stolen jewelry included rings and a watch, he stated.
The objects have been confiscated by the Stasi from personal people.
After the collapse of the communist regime, many objects have been returned to their house owners. However some which remained unclaimed have been on mortgage to the Stasi Museum as a part of its exhibition.
“These should not large treasures. However we’re a historical past museum and do not count on folks to interrupt in,” the museum chief was quoted as saying.
The newest theft got here scorching on the heels of a brazen heist on the Inexperienced Vault museum in Dresden’s Royal Palace on November 25.
Having sparked a partial energy lower earlier than breaking in via a window, the thieves stole priceless 18th-century diamond jewelry — together with a well-known 49-carat Dresden white — from the gathering of the Saxon ruler August the Sturdy.
Police are nonetheless searching 4 suspects, and have provided half one million euros ($550,000) as a reward for info resulting in an arrest or restoration of the stolen items.
Investigators are additionally involved with colleagues in Berlin to discover doable connections to an identical heist within the capital two years in the past.
In 2017, a 100-kilogramme (220-pound), 24-karat large gold coin was stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum.
4 males with hyperlinks to a infamous Berlin gang have been later arrested and placed on trial.
The coin has by no means been recovered, and fears are rising that the Dresden treasures may also stay misplaced endlessly.
Shaken by the loss, Germany’s tradition minister Monika Gruetters this week referred to as for a nationwide convention on museum safety.
“We have to have a look at how museums can shield their objects from such brutal actions whereas nonetheless being accessible to the general public within the regular method,” she stated.
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