Authorities Raided Several Apartments to Arrest the Suspects for the Art Heist
Authorities in Berlin apprehended the unnamed alleged culprits after raiding several apartments. The Berlin police confirmed that they had searched eighteen apartments, as well as vehicles and other spaces. They looked for the jewelry and additional evidence, including tools and digital data. The detained potential suspects were all Germans and were arrested on suspicion of theft and arson. The German press has described the robbery as the biggest theft in the country since World War 2 and possibly the most significant art heist in modern history.
The Stolen Jewels Are Yet to Be Recovered
While the suspects were apprehended, the missing jewels were not found. The jewels themselves are priceless 18th-century items that were made during the rivalry between King Louis XIV of France and Augustus the Strong of Saxony Germany. The rival rulers were striving to prove their country’s jewels were more amazing than the other, producing true masterpieces in the process. In addition to the other treasures, the thieves stole cultural artifacts and jewels, the worth of which the interior minister Roland Wöller of Saxony said was impossible to estimate.