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2019-12 /03

Heist sparks fears German jewels 'lost forever'

By EARLE GALE in London | China Daily Global | Updated: 2019-12-03 00:00

The Green Vault museum within the royal palace in Dresden, Germany, has confirmed that a 49-carat white diamond worth around 9 million pounds ($11.6 million) was among treasures stolen in a daring heist there on Nov 25.

The historic museum, which has been open to the public since 1724, says other items taken in the daring raid include a sword with a hilt encrusted with nine large diamonds and 770 smaller stones, a diamond-studded dagger, a pearl necklace and several other glittering artifacts. It said 11 pieces were removed in their entirety, while three other artifacts were broken and had parts taken.

Police believe four people took part in the theft, even though only two are seen in security camera footage.

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