German police on Wednesday arrested 4 suspects they related to an Arabic criminal extended family over the fantastic theft of a massive a hundred-kilogramme (220-pound) gold coin from a Berlin museum early this year.
But they discovered no signal of the loot — Canada’s “huge Maple Leaf” coin, which has a face value of 1,000,000 Canadian dollars and is expected to be worth 3.75 million euros ($four.3 million) at the gold marketplace.
Police fear the treasure “changed into either cut into small portions or taken abroad” since the March 27 night-time heist, stated Carsten Pfohl of the Berlin crook police office. “Regrettably we need to presume that it turned into offered off in elements or entire,” he said at a press convention.
“My desire that we are going to recover even components of the coin is unfortunately particularly low.”
Around three hundred police took element in dawn raids at 14 places, along with apartments and a jeweller’s store in Berlin’s Neukoelln district and goals in surrounding Brandenburg nation.
Police stated the four unidentified suspects, aged 18 to twenty, and nine other suspects were all members of, or carefully connected to, a Berlin organized crime institution with an Arabic own family extended family at its core. Two provider team of workers at the country body that runs Berlin’s museums have been among those being investigated by using police, the body’s leader of protection Hans-Juergen Harras instructed the national news corporation DPA.
‘History forged in steel’
The thieves stole the big coin from the Bode Museum on the capital’s Museum Island, near Chancellor Angela Merkel’s condo, on March 27.
The commemorative coin was issued by using the Royal Canadian Mint in 2007 and functions a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. The thieves used a ladder, rope and a wheelbarrow to carry away the metal disk with a diameter of 53centimeterss (21 inches), which a non-public character had loaned to the museum.
It was probably damaged whilst the thieves dropped it twice — as soon as onto rail tracks that pass the museum and cross the Spree river, and once more in Monbijou park on the other river financial institution, from in which they sped off in a automobile.
Video surveillance photos from a nearby railway station launched through police this month showed 3 men carrying darkish clothes, their faces obscured by way of hoodies, excessive collars and their palms.
Berlin’s leader prosecutor Martina Lamb stated the pictures also confirmed the suspects making preceding scope-out trips for the heist, on March 17 and 21, earlier than wearing out the robbery.
The Bode Museum, which has a set of cash and medals billed as a “chronicle of human records cast in metallic,” additionally showcases Byzantine sculpture and art work.