The footage shows man using an axe to break the display case in the Royal Palace’s Green Vault
In the Dresden jewellery heist, cops in Germany have released dramatic CCTV footage of one of two suspects using an axe to smash a display case in the Green Vault of the State Museum.
Two thieves stole priceless jewels from the 18th century in an impressive smash-and-grab raid at the Royal Palace in the East German city on Monday morning from the jewel room of the Grünes Gewölbe.
The police called for witnesses to move forward and released pictures of the stolen items taken from a collection of jewelry that once belonged to Saxony’s ruler, Augustus the Strong.
Police have also released CCTV footage of the two men. One of the two suspects was seen in a black-and-white footage using an axe to smash a display case.
They conducted their raid in the early hours of Monday after setting up a fire at an electrical panel near the museum, disabling their alarm and street lighting, police said.
Despite the power cut, a surveillance camera kept working and filmed two men breaking in. “The whole act lasted only a few minutes,” In a statement, the police said.
The suspects then fled and stayed on the run in a Audi A6. Later in the city, the apparent getaway car was found on fire, police said, adding that the vehicle was being examined for clues.
Officials at the Dresden Museum on Tuesday said that the robbers had taken less than they originally feared and could only take what they could gain from holes smashed into the glass case.
The items included a large diamond brooch and an epaulet of diamonds, the director of the Green Vault, Dirk Syndram, said, but he did not give a complete list and said only that the losses were culturally priceless.
Including diamond-encrusted shoe buckles and a diamond-studded sword were left behind.
Police in Dresden said they were also in contact with Berlin colleagues to investigate possible connections in the capital two years ago to a related heist.
A 100 kg (220 lb) giant 24-carat gold coin was stolen from the Bode Museum in Berlin in 2017. Four men were later arrested and brought to court with connections to a notorious Berlin gang. The coin was never recovered.
There are growing fears that the latest haul will be lost forever as well.
With the possibility that the robbers would separately steal the diamonds from individual pieces for sale, Syndram warned that it would be “stupid to do that.”
“These are all the cuts of the 18th century. You can’t just turn these stones into cash,” he told the news agency DPA, adding that breaking up the diamonds would diminish their value.


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