A group of thieves seized ancient gold coins dating back to the Celtic civilization from a German museum.
The group took hundreds of gold coins from a museum in Manching, Bavaria, in the middle of the night, in a 9-minute robbery, according to German police.
It is believed that the thieves sabotaged the alarm system in the museum, prior to carrying out the operation, and cut the internet wires in the vicinity, causing widespread power outages.
Police are seeking to verify whether the robbery was linked to previous operations.
The power outage caused the alarm system to malfunction, although the robbery was filmed as it happened.
The next morning, staff discovered shattered glass on the floor of the museum, and gold coins missing from their display cases.
Robert Gebhard, supervisor of the archaeological group, expressed his sadness over the disappearance of the gold pieces, saying, “I felt as if I had lost an old friend.”
She broke a second earthen case, and took three large coins from it as well.
Police suspect that the operation was orchestrated by organized crime gangs, and linked the operation to previous thefts.
In 2017, thieves stole a huge 100-kilogram gold coin from a museum in Berlin. Two years later, thieves seized 21 pieces of jewels and other valuables in a robbery at the Dresden Museum, in an operation recorded by surveillance cameras.
Bavaria’s Minister of Science and Arts commented on the theft on state television: “It is clear that we do not go into the museum and take its treasures.” It is reasonable to believe that this operation was orchestrated by organized crime.”
Experts fear that thieves will resort to melting the gold, and thus removing the antiquity of those pieces.”
These pieces were found in excavations in 1999, and the mission was considered the largest discovery of Celtic gold coins in the twentieth century.
According to Minister Blum, the scientific discovery gave people a historical glimpse into the daily lives of people in Bavaria 2,000 years ago.