Robbers broke into Berlin’s Stasi Museum, showcasing items from the hated secret police of East Germany, making off with collectible medals and gold jewelry, authorities said Sunday, days after a spectacular heist of diamonds in Dresden.
The robbers broke in on the first floor through a window, “smashed several showcases and stole medals and jewelry,” police said in a statement.
They left undetected with their spoils. The raid’s time was unclear, but on Sunday morning a museum employee found smashed showcases in the exhibition rooms.
Joerg Drieselmann, Museum director told the Tagesspiegel daily that of the medals taken were Merit’s gold patriotic order, Karl Marx’s order — the highest honor awarded in the former communist East Germany and Lenin’s order.
Rings and a watch include in the stolen jewelry, he said. The items confiscated from private persons by the Stasi.
“These are not huge treasures. But we are a history museum and don’t expect people to break in,” the museum chief states.
At the Green Vault Museum in Dresden’s Royal Palace on November 25, the latest robbery came hot on the heels of a brazen heist.
Robbers Also Stole 18th-Century Diamond
The thieves stole the priceless 18th-century diamond jewelry. This includes the famous 49-carat white Dresden. Also, from the collection of the Saxon ruler August the Strong, before breaking through the window.
Police are still hunting for four suspects. They have offered half a million euros ($550,000) as a reward. This is for information leading to the arrest or recovery of stolen goods.
Researchers are also in contact with colleagues in Berlin. This is to explore possible links to a similar situation in the capital two years ago.
Robbers took a 100-kilogram (220-pound) 24-carat giant gold coin from the Berlin Bode Museum in 2017. Four men of Berlin gang arrest and brought to trial.
So, the coin has never been recovered, and fears are growing that the treasures of Dresden will also be lost forever. Also, Shaken by the loss, German Minister of Culture Monika Gruetters called for a national conference on museum security this week.
“Thus, we need to look at how museums can protect their objects from such brutal activities. Also, It should be still being accessible to the public in the normal way,” she said.