Police in Berlin have raided houses and jewelry retailers on suspicions they may very well be related to efforts to progressively fence gold from a 100kg (220lb) Canadian coin that was stolen from a museum within the German capital.
The coin, with an estimated worth of €3.75m (£3.4m), was stolen from Berlin’s Bode Museum in 2017 and has not but been recovered.
The morning raids had been targeted on eight suspects aged between 14 and 51 of varied nationalities, police stated.
They’re alleged to have been a part of a hoop that obtained stolen gold in an effort to soften it down and forge collector cash, then promote them as real by way of jewelry shops operated by them or their relations. A few of the counterfeits are already circulating, police stated.
The searches led to the invention of counterfeit cash, forgery instruments and a “five-digit” sum of money, police stated.
“The analysis of the proof is ongoing,” police stated. “Amongst different issues, a potential connection to the theft of the gold coin from the Bode Museum is being examined.”
Berlin prosecutors stated there have been no arrests however that the investigation was persevering with.
The searches got here simply two days after the arrest of a key suspect within the spectacular theft of 18th-century jewels from a Dresden museum final 12 months, who’s from against the law household linked to the Canadian gold coin theft.
Mohamed Remmo, 21, was arrested by Berlin authorities in a automotive within the Neukölln district of the town on Monday night. His twin brother, Abdul Majed Remmo, stays on the run.
Police and prosecutors wouldn’t touch upon whether or not there was a connection between the arrest and the searches, however members of the identical household had been convicted earlier this 12 months for the Canadian gold coin theft.
Cousins Ahmed Remmo and Wissam Remmo, together with a good friend who labored as a safety guard on the museum, had been all convicted of the Canadian gold coin heist and sentenced to a number of years in jail.