Five arrested over £1.7m Venetian gems theft
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