More than $1 million worth of ancient gold has been stolen in Germany, the Bavarian state police said.
The 483 coins were stolen when unknown thieves broke into the Celtic Roman Museum in Manching.
The Bavarian Minister for Science and the Arts, Markus Blume, said the raid was a “catastrophe”.
More than $1 million worth of ancient gold has been stolen from a museum in Germany, the Bavarian state police said.
On Thursday night, 483 coins were stolen when unknown thieves broke into the Celtic Roman Museum in Manching.
The coins, dating back to 100 BC, were unearthed in 1999 in Manching, Germany, and are considered the largest Celtic gold coin discovery of the 20th century.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, fiber optic cables were cut at a distribution center of Germany’s Telekom, according to details shared at a press conference held by the Office of the State Criminal Police and the Office of the Public minister. This has resulted in the loss of internet and telephone access in 13,000 homes.
This outage also disarmed the alarm system of the nearby Celtic Roman Museum. Nine minutes after the wires were cut, an escape door was forced open at the museum and the coins were stolen, according to BR24 press conference reporting.
The Bavarian state criminal police office is now investigating how “outsiders” managed to gain access to the regional hub and sever the fiber optic cables on the night the museum was hit, according to BR24.
Write on Twitterthe Bavarian minister for science and art, Markus Blume, called the raid a “catastrophe”, adding that “anyone who steals works of art damages our culture”.
Speaking to BR, Blume said: ‘It’s clear that you don’t just walk into a museum and take this treasure with you.
“It is highly protected and, as such, there is a suspicion that we are rather dealing with an organized crime case,” the minister added, per The Jerusalem Post.
Rupert Gebhard, head of the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection in Munich, also warned that the loot was likely to be melted down and sold for their gold value of just $260,000, as the coins would be difficult to sell on the public market, according to The Jerusalem Post.
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