In the early morning of Monday, November 25, 2019, two bandits broke into the Dresden Royal Palace (which is a museum) and with exemplary ease took out paintings and jewelry. According to some reports, we are talking about the amount of 1 billion euros, which makes this the largest theft since the Second World War. Among the stolen items are the rarest jewels in the history of all of Europe, but much more striking is how easy it turned out to be stolen.
This theft has already been called "indicative" or "mocking", because the thieves turned off the alarm, but left the CCTV cameras working, which recorded the failure of the museum's security system. It turned out that it was enough to start a fire on the transformer to turn off the power - and with it the alarm. The backup source, ironically, was just connected to the cameras.
There were only two thieves, at least inside the museum. They did not break open the doors, but broke the window with an ordinary ax, the glass of which, although it was tempered, gave up after several blows. There was no other physical protection in the vault, so it is surprising why the thieves took out only part, and not all of the treasures at once. Next to the museum is the autobahn, which was deserted at 5 am, which allowed the criminals to easily escape.
The Dresden authorities and the administration of the museum find it difficult to answer why some of the country's main treasures had such weak protection. Perhaps because in sapphire at 547.71 carats, a gift from the Russian Emperor Peter I, and other jewelry, only the most important historical artifacts have long been seen, and not just diamonds? None of the stolen goods can be sold, these are the most famous artifacts, all that remains is to saw or melt to sell them as scrap. The thieves could not help knowing this, and since they decided to steal, then they must have planned something.
Some of the stolen jewels