Six Germans from 'notorious criminal family' go on trial accused of stealing £100million worth of jewellery from Dresden museum in daring 2019 heist - and the treasures are still missing

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The defendants aged 22 to 27 from the Remmo clan went on trial in DresdenThey are accused of looting the city's Green Vault to steal 21 items of jewelleryThe robbers took eight minutes to pilfer the treasures after causing a power cut 

Six Germans accused of stealing nearly £100million worth of jewellery in a 2019 heist have gone on trial in Dresden, with the whereabouts of the treasures still a mystery.

The defendants, who are aged between 22 and 27 and said to be part of the notorious Remmo criminal family, are charged with aggravated gang theft and serious arson.

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They are suspected of breaking into Dresden’s Green Vault Museum in the early hours of November 25, 2019 and stealing 21 pieces of jewellery containing more than 4,300 diamonds with an estimated value of 113million euros (£94million). 

The treasures include a sword with a diamond-encrusted hilt and a shoulderpiece which contains the famous 49-carat Dresden white diamond.

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The director of Dresden’s state art collection, Marion Ackermann, had refused to put a value on the stolen items, calling them ‘priceless’.

A judicial officer leads suspect Mohamed Remmo (right) into the courtroom for the first day of the trial in Dresden over the jewellery heist

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A judicial officer leads suspect Mohamed Remmo (right) into the courtroom for the first day of the trial in Dresden over the jewellery heist

Bashir Remmo is led into the courtroom today and is accused of taking part in the huge theft in 2019

Bashir Remmo is led into the courtroom today and is accused of taking part in the huge theft in 2019

The stolen items included a sword whose hilt is encrusted with nine large and 770 smaller diamonds
Thieves stole an epaulette which contains the famous 49-carat Dresden White diamond

The stolen items included a sword (left) whose hilt is encrusted with nine large and 770 smaller diamonds, and a epaulette (right) which contains the famous 49-carat Dresden White diamond

Abdul Majed Remmo hides his face as he is led into the courtroom today charged with aggravated gang theft and serious arson

Abdul Majed Remmo hides his face as he is led into the courtroom today charged with aggravated gang theft and serious arson

The stunt also caused around a million euros’ worth of damage to the museum and car park.

Reading the indictment in court, prosecutor Christian Weber said the suspects had stolen ‘unique and irreplaceable treasures… of outstanding cultural and historical significance’.

One of the suspects covered his face with a grey hooded sweater, while others hid behind files and folders.

The robbers allegedly took just eight minutes to pilfer the treasures, causing a power cut before breaking in through a window with which they had previously tampered.

Two men armed with an axe stole the jewels before fleeing in a car, which they torched in an underground car park.

Armed with a loaded revolver and an automatic-loading gun with a silencer, the men allegedly broke into the Green Vault museum in Dresden in the early hours of November 25, 2019, making away with 21 pieces of jewellery encrusted with more than 4,300 diamonds

Armed with a loaded revolver and an automatic-loading gun with a silencer, the men allegedly broke into the Green Vault museum in Dresden in the early hours of November 25, 2019, making away with 21 pieces of jewellery encrusted with more than 4,300 diamonds 

The jewels were stolen after thieves set fire to a junction box, cutting power to the museum's alarms, then managed to get through a small gap in a grille of a window on the ground floor

The jewels were stolen after thieves set fire to a junction box, cutting power to the museum’s alarms, then managed to get through a small gap in a grille of a window on the ground floor

An 'epaulette' of the diamond rose set that were stolen from the Green Vault
A jewel of the Polish White Eagle Order was among the stolen items

An ‘epaulette’ of the diamond rose set (left) and a jewel of the Polish White Eagle Order (right) that were stolen from the Green Vault

The thieves grabbed 21 pieces of jewellery and other valuables from the collection of the Saxon ruler August the Strong, encrusted with more than 4,300 individual diamonds.

Unarmed museum security officers noticed the robbery but could not intervene as they were not allowed to endanger themselves, Der Spiegel newsmagazine reported.

Prosecutors said in September the defendants had not provided any information on the allegations. 

Police combed through CCTV footage to identify the suspects, who are all members of the so-called ‘Remmo clan’, an extended family notorious for ties to organised crime in Germany. 

The investigation was codenamed ‘Epaulette’ after the glittering shoulderpiece. 

A hat clasp of the diamond rose set that was stolen from the Green Vault
A Breast Star of the Polish White Eagle Order that was stolen

A hat clasp of the diamond rose set (left) and a Breast Star of the Polish White Eagle Order (right) that were stolen from the Green Vault


Police offered 500,000 euros (£415,000) as a reward for anyone who could give information on the jewels’ whereabouts.

Three of the suspects were arrested after 1,600 police raided 18 Berlin properties in November 2020.

Another two – twin brothers named by police as Mohammed and Abdul Majed Remmo – were on the run for several months, but were caught in December 2020 and May 2021 respectively.

A final suspect was arrested last summer.  

Two of the suspects on trial for the Dresden heist are still serving out juvenile sentences for involvement in the theft of a 100kg gold coin worth £3million – which has also never been found.

The ‘Big Maple Leaf’, considered the world’s second-largest gold coin after the one-tonne Australian Kangaroo, was snatched from Berlin’s prestigious Bode Museum.

Investigators in 2020 targeted the Remmo family with the seizure of 77 properties worth a total of £8million euros, charging that they were purchased with the proceeds of various crimes, including a 2014 bank robbery.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands next to museum director Dirk Syndram during her visit to the Gruenes Gewoelbe (or Green Vault) at the Royal Palace in the eastern German city of Dresden in 2006

German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands next to museum director Dirk Syndram during her visit to the Gruenes Gewoelbe (or Green Vault) at the Royal Palace in the eastern German city of Dresden in 2006

The Dresden trial, which is expected to run until October, is being heard in a juvenile court because two of the suspects were minors at the time of the crime.

In addition to the six main suspects, four other men are being investigated on suspicion of aiding and abetting by scoping out the crime scene the previous day.

Founded by Augustus, Elector of Saxony, in 1723, the Green Vault is one of Europe’s oldest museums.

After the Royal Palace suffered severe damage in World War Two, the museum remained closed for decades before it was restored and reopened in 2006.

The treasures survived Allied bombing raids in World War Two, only to be carted off as war booty by the Soviet Union. 

They were returned to Dresden, the historic capital of the state of Saxony, in 1958. 

Experts have warned that the chances of recovering the stolen jewels are slim, with the precious stones likely re-cut in the time that has lapsed since the crime.

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