Five ar­rested over £1.7m Vene­tian gems theft

The Guardian - - WORLD - An­gela Gi­uf­frida

Five men have been ar­rested in Croa­tia for al­legedly steal­ing €2m (£1.7m) worth of jew­ellery owned by a mem­ber of Qatar’s royal fam­ily from the Doge’s Palace, Venice, in early Jan­uary.

In a case that baf­fled po­lice, the thieves de­ac­ti­vated the alarm sys­tem, broke into a re­in­forced case, and seized some ear­rings and a brooch be­fore blend­ing into the crowds dur­ing the fi­nal day of the four-month Trea­sures of the Mughals and the Ma­hara­jahs ex­hi­bi­tion, which dis­played five cen­turies of In­dian craft­man­ship.

Lo­cal po­lice called on ex­perts to try to es­tab­lish how they man­aged to pull off the theft in the Cham­ber of the Scru­ti­nio, one of the rooms within the vast palace, which was once the res­i­dence of the for­mer repub­lic of Venice’s rulers and now at­tracts up to 4,000 vis­i­tors a day.

Four Croa­t­ians and one Ser­bian, aged be­tween 43 and 60, were ar­rested in the Croa­t­ian cap­i­tal, Zagreb. One of the sus­pects was said to be part of the Pink Pan­thers, an in­ter­na­tional net­work of jewel thieves. In­ves­ti­ga­tors had been on the hunt for the same sus­pect fol­low­ing the rob­bery of €10m worth of jew­els in Basel, Switzer­land in 2011. Rome

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