About 100 pieces of royal jewelry thought to be worth at least €1,000,000,000 ($1,101,365,000) are missing from one of Europe’s oldest museums after thieves stole them in a Monday morning heist, which one German newspaper billed as “the biggest art theft since World War II.”
The Green Vault, located in Dresden, Germany, houses some 4,000 priceless items dating back to 1723!
The robbers allegedly twisted iron bars in one of the museum’s windows in order to break-in, according to surveillance video from the scene. This seems like something Money heist fans would love to see.
Around the same time, firefighters were called to put out a blaze at a nearby power distributor center, which the BBC reported could have disabled the museum’s alarm system.
Among the stolen items: a 648-carat sapphire gifted by Russian czar Peter the Great and a 25-inch figurine encrusted in emeralds—but larger, bulkier objects were left behind, according to Agence France-Presse.
Although the value of the stolen treasures is thought to exceed a billion euros, Saxony’s state police has yet to assign a final total.
The museum remains closed, and police are still determining how many objects were taken, while the thieves remain at large.
This just looks like a scene from a major box office movie!