Hundreds of Celtic gold coins stolen from museum in nine minutes

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Hundreds of Celtic gold coins stolen from museum in nine minutes
Hundreds of Celtic gold coins stolen from museum in nine minutes. Image: Pradeep Thomas Thundiyil/Shutterstock.com

German authorities have launched an international hunt but believe organized crime behind the heist 

A heist in a southern German museum has resulted in the Police launching an international hunt after Celtic golds coins along with a lump of gold was stolen. According to a report by the Associated Press, German Police officials announced on Wednesday said the thieves got in and out of the museum in nine minutes, without raising the alarm.  

The items stolen from the museum included 483 Celtic coins and a lump of unworked gold unearthed in 1999 during an archeological dig near the modern-day town of Manching, the report said.  

A statement by Guido Limmar, deputy head of Bavaria’s State Criminal Police Office said, on Tuesday cables were cut at a telecom hub close by, which stopped the communications network of the area. The secutity systems then recored the door was opened a few minutes later. “A door was pried open at 1:26 a.m. and then how the thieves left again at 1:35 a.m”, said Limmar, adding “It was in those nine minutes that the culprits must have smashed open a display cabinet and scooped out the treasure”.  

He further added “there were “parallels” between the heist in Manching and the theft of priceless jewels in Dresden and a large gold coin in Berlin in recent years.”. According to the report, both the robberies have been blamed on a Berlin based crime family. 


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