$1 million in gold coins stolen from museum during power outage

  • More than $1 million worth of scrap gold has been stolen in Germany, according to the Bavarian state police.
  • The 483 coins were stolen when unknown thieves broke into the Celtic Roman Museum in Manching.
  • Bavarian Science and Art Minister Markus Blume said the raid was a “catastrophe”.

More than $1 million worth of scrap gold has been stolen from a museum in Germany, according to Bavarian state police.

On Thursday night, 483 coins were stolen when unknown thieves broke into the Celtic Roman Museum in Manching.

Dating back to 100 BCE, the coins were unearthed in 1999 in Manching, Germany, and are considered the greatest discovery of Celtic gold coins found in the 20th century.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, fiber optic cables were cut at a German Telekom distribution center, according to details shared at a press conference held by the criminal investigation department and the prosecutor’s office. As a result, 13,000 households lost internet and telephone.

This fault also disabled the alarm system of the nearby Celtic Roman Museum. Nine minutes after the wires were cut, an escape door was forced into the museum and the coins were stolen, according to BR24’s account of the press conference.

The Bavarian police are now investigating how “strangers” managed to access the regional node and cut the fiber optic cables on the night the museum was hit, according to BR24.

Photo taken on November 23, 2022 shows a broken window at the Celtic and Roman Museum in Manching, southern Germany, from which a hoard of Celtic coins was stolen.

Photo taken on November 23, 2022 shows a broken window at the Celtic and Roman Museum in Manching, southern Germany, from which a hoard of Celtic coins was stolen.

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Write on TwitterBavarian Science and Art Minister Markus Blume said the raid was a “catastrophe” and added: “Whoever steals art harms our culture.”

Speaking to BR, Blume said: “Obviously you don’t just march into a museum and take this treasure with you.”

“It is highly secured, and as such there is a suspicion that we are dealing with a case of organized crime,” the minister added, according to The Jerusalem Post.

Rupert Gebhard, head of the Bavarian State Archaeological Collection in Munich, also warned that it is likely that the loot will be melted down and sold for their gold value of just $260,000, as the coins would be difficult to sell on the market, according to The Jerusalem. public market. After.

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