Early on Monday morning, Thieves broke into Europe’s largest collection of treasures making off in a limousine.
BERLIN, Thieves carried a heist Monday at Dresden’s Green Vault, one of the oldest museums in the world, setting off with three 18th-century “priceless” jewelry sets that German officials said would be impossible to sell on the open market.
Police said shortly before 5 a.m. they were alerted. (0300 GMT) The museum break-in and the police arrived at the scene in a matter of minutes. No suspects have been arrested yet, but the authorities are reviewing security cameras captured footage.
Augustus the Strong of Saxony’s treasury was built in 1723 and now contains around 4,000 gold items, precious stones and other materials on show in the historic palace.
Authorities said that the robbers appeared to have broken open only one glass case containing three Baroque jewelry sets made of dozens of gems each.
German media claimed the early-morning burglary losses could amount to hundreds of millions of euros, but the Dresden State Art Collections director, Marion Ackermann, said that it was impossible to estimate the value of the objects.
“We cannot give a value because it is impossible to sell,” she added, appealing to the thieves not to break the ensembles into pieces.
She stated.”The material value doesn’t reflect the historic meaning,”
Saxony’s governor, where Dresden is located, said that the treasures in the vault contained items collected over many hundreds of years.
“It’s not just the State Art Collections that was robbed, but us Saxons,” tweeted Michael Kretschmer. “Without the Green Vault, one can not understand the history of Saxony.”
Saxony’s minister of the interior, Roland Woeller, told journalists that multiple burglars forced their way into the building in the early morning hours.
He added, “This is a bitter day for the cultural heritage of Saxony,”
The thieves “stolen cultural treasures of immense value — that is not only the material worth, but also the intangible value that can not be measured for the state of Saxony.”
Woeller said police have already established a special investigative team to pursue the case.
“We will do everything in our power not only to bring the cultural treasures back, but to capture the perpetrators,” he said.
The museum’s exhibition rooms focus on treasures including jewelry, ivory, silver and amber among other items.
The Dresden Green Diamond, one of its most popular and precious treasures, is currently on loan for an exhibit with other valuable pieces to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
According to the museum, Augustus III, son of Augustus the Strong, acquired the 41-carat green diamond in 1742.
The museum said it cost 400,000 thalers when it was purchased, compared with the 288,000 thalers it cost around the same time to build the lavish Frauenkirche church in Dresden.


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