Six men have been accused with stealing €113 million in gems from a Dresden museum.

On Thursday, prosecutors revealed that they had accused six individuals with organised robbery and arson.

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Six individuals have been prosecuted in Germany in connection with the theft of jewellery and artwork from a Dresden museum in 2019.

In November 2019, the suspects, aged 22 to 27, are suspected of breaking into the Green Vault museum (GrΓΌnes GewΓΆlbe) in the eastern German city.

The guys, who are all in jail, have not reacted to the charges levelled against them, according to prosecutors.

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  1. The coin, thought to be worth €3.75 million, has also gone missing. Authorities believe it was likely dismantled and sold in smaller pieces.
  2. Searches have so far failed to find the missing jewels.Β 

Authorities believe it was likely dismantled and sold in smaller pieces.

Dresden Museum.
Dresden Museum.


The case against the six accused will now be decided by the state court in Dresden.
The GrΓΌnes GewΓΆlbe, founded in 1723, is one of the world’s oldest museums, housing Augustus the Strong of Saxony’s treasury,

which comprises about 4,000 gold, precious stone, and other items.
According to authorities, the stolen gems were “very important from the standpoint of art and cultural history” at the museum.

The robbery resulted in the theft of at least 21 pieces of 18th-century jewellery, containing over 4,300 diamonds. The haul had a total insured value of at least €113.8 million, according to investigators.


Prosecutors claim the guys lit a fire immediately before the break-in to turn off the electricity to the museum’s street lights. Before escaping to Berlin, the suspects are said to have set fire to a vehicle in a nearby garage.

Two of the accused are already doing time for their roles in the 2017 theft of the “Big Maple Leaf,” a 100-kilogram Canadian gold currency from Berlin’s Bode Museum.
The coin, thought to be worth €3.75 million, has also gone missing. Authorities have filed a lawsuit.

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