Two sus­pects held over 100 kg gold coin heist in Ger­many

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Ger­man po­lice com­man­dos yes­ter­day de­tained two sus­pects in the spec­tac­u­lar theft of a 100-kilo­gramme gold coin from a Ber­lin mu­seum this year. Around 300 po­lice took part in dawn raids on two apart­ments and a jew­eler’s shop in Ber­lin’s Neukoelln district and lo­ca­tions in sur­round­ing Bran­den­burg state. The Cana­dian “Big Maple Leaf” stolen in late March has a face value of $1 mil­lion, but the mar­ket price of 100 ki­los of gold is al­most $4 mil­lion. The com­mem­o­ra­tive coin is­sued by the Royal Cana­dian Mint in 2007 mea­sures 53 cm across and fea­tures a por­trait of Queen El­iz­a­beth II.

Thieves in late March stole the mega­coin from the Bode Mu­seum on the cap­i­tal’s so-called Mu­seum Is­land, close to Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s apart­ment. Po­lice in early July pub­lished video surveil­lance footage of the sus­pected thieves that showed three men wear­ing dark clothes, their faces ob­scured by hood­ies, high col­lars and their hands.

Au­thor­i­ties said yes­ter­day that two of the men de­tained were be­lieved to be the sus­pects in the footage, and that the other raids aimed mainly at se­cur­ing ev­i­dence. There was no in­di­ca­tion that the mas­sive gold coin had been re­cov­ered.—AFP

BER­LIN: This file photo shows the gold coin ‘Big Maple Leaf’ on dis­play at Ber­lin’s Bode Mu­seum.—AFP

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