Thieves steal €1.6 million price of gold cash from German museum in a daring nine-minute heist

An enormous horde of historic gold cash courting again to round 100 B.C. has been stolen from a museum in southern Germany. 

Bavarian state police stated it was stolen early Tuesday from the Celtic and Roman Museum in Manching, 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of Munich.

The 483 cash have been found in 1999 throughout excavations of an historic settlement in Manchning and are thought of the largest trove of Celtic gold discovered within the twentieth century.

“The lack of the Celtic treasure is a catastrophe,” it quoted Bavaria’s Minister of Science and Arts, Markus Blume, saying. “As a testomony to our historical past, the gold cash are irreplaceable.”

Officers suspect organised crime was behind the theft of the cash, which have an estimated market worth of €1.6 million ($1.66 million).

“There’s undoubtedly a marketplace for such cash,” explains Dr. Rupert Gebhard, Director of Archaeological State Assortment.

“For these cash, that’s €3000 to €4000 per piece, in order that one involves a complete commerce value of €1.6 million.”

A nine-minute heist

It took thieves simply nine-minutes to interrupt into the museum and steal the traditional cash. 

Simply earlier than the break-in, close by web cables have been reduce inflicting widespread outages and it is suspected the thieves additionally sabotaged the museum’s alarm system. It was solely the subsequent morning when the museum’s staff found shattered glass and the cash stolen from their shows. 

German police have stated they’re inspecting hyperlinks between this current theft and different spectacular heists from the nation’s museums. 

“After all, we’re additionally in touch with our colleagues in Berlin and Dresden. You should have observed that there are attainable parallels to the artwork theft within the Inexperienced Vault – there the jewels – and in addition within the Bode Museum, the big gold coin the ‘Large Maple Leaf'”, stated Guido Limmer, the Vice President of Swabia’s police division. 

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“We can not say whether or not there are any connections. However we’re in touch with our colleagues,” he added. 

Police are interesting for witnesses who might need seen suspicious people close to the museum or produce other info that might result in the restoration of the treasure.