Four on trial over theft of huge Cana­dian gold coin from Ber­lin mu­seum

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BER­LIN—FOUR young men went on trial in Ger­many on Thurs­day over the brazen theft of a 100-kilo­gram Cana­dian gold coin that dis­ap­peared from a Ber­lin mu­seum two years ago.

Two brothers and their cousin, iden­ti­fied in Ger­man me­dia as 24-year-old Wayci Remmo, 20-year-old Ahmed Remmo and 22-year-old Wis­sam Remmo, are ac­cused of steal­ing the “Big Maple Leaf” coin from the Bode Mu­seum in March 2017.

The fourth sus­pect, iden­ti­fied only as 20-year-old Den­nis W., worked as a se­cu­rity guard at the mu­seum, which is lo­cated in the heart of the Ger­man cap­i­tal. He is ac­cused of scout­ing out the scene of the crime.

The open­ing of the trial at Ber­lin’s dis­trict court drew in­tense me­dia in­ter­est in Ger­many be­cause of the Hol­ly­wood-style na­ture of the heist and their fam­i­lies’ al­leged ties to or­ga­nized crime.

Prose­cu­tors be­lieve that the Rem­mos smashed a pro­tec­tive case and then man­aged to lift the coin out of a mu­seum win­dow be­fore flee­ing along a rail track with their haul in a wheel­bar­row. They are sus­pected of later cut­ting up the coin, val­ued at about $5.3 mil­lion and sell­ing the pieces.

The men’s lawyers have de­nied the ac­cu­sa­tions lev­elled against their clients and ac­cused prose­cu­tors of pre­sent­ing no ev­i­dence link­ing them to the theft.

If con­victed, the men could face up to 10 years in prison for se­ri­ous theft, though the three youngest de­fen­dants may be sen­tenced as ju­ve­niles.

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