Five members of single crime family jailed for audacious, record $128M jewels heist in Germany in 2019
Five male suspects have been convicted for daring $128M jewel heist in Dresden, Germany
Gang broke into the historic Green Vault in located inside the Dresden castle on November 25, 2019
CCTV camera footage showed two masked thieves smashing the glass and grabbing 21 diamond-studded artifacts
Vault featured an astounding collection of historical jewelry and precious ornaments
Thieves identified as German born members of an Arab crime clan – Rabieh Remmo, 27, Bashir Remmo, 24, Ahmed Remmo, 23, Wissam Remmo, 24, Abdul Majed Remmo, 22, and Mohamed Remmo, 21
Most defendants received lighter sentences of up to six years in prison after plea “deal,” and returning some of the stolen items returned
Sentencing for mastermind Rabieh Remmo six years and two months in prison, Wissam Remmo six years and three months, Bashir Remmo five years and 10 months
Two more co-conspirators were sentenced as juveniles, one to four years and four months in prison under the Juvenile Criminal Code
Other juvenile thief was sentenced to five years in juvenile detention with the inclusion of an earlier conviction
A defendant is brought to the courtroom on May 16, 2023 in Dresden, before the sentencing was announced
Five men have been sentenced to several years in prison for their role in a $128 million heist in the city of Dresden, Germany , that captured the world’s attention.
Most of the participants in the heist were identified as German born individuals from an Arab family clan in Berlin known as the Remmo clan
The gang broke into the historic Green Vault in Dresden on November 25, 2019. CCTV camera footage showed two masked thieves smashing the glass and grabbing 21 diamond-studded artifacts.
The vault featured an astounding collection of historical jewelry and precious ornaments – from shimmering bowls carved out of crystal and agate to jeweled figurines and goblets fashioned from gilded ostrich eggs.
The jewel thieves were identified as German born members of an Arab crime clan – Abdul Majed Remmo (22), Rabieh Remmo (27), Bashir Remmo (24), Mohamed Remmo (21), Ahmed Remmo (23) and Wissam Remmo (24)
The jewel thieves broke into the vault located inside the Dresden castle around 4:50 a.m. on Monday, November 25, 2019
The gang broke into the historic Green Vault in Dresden on November 25, 2019. CCTV camera footage showed two masked thieves, smashing the glass and grabbing 21 diamond-studded artifacts
It took at least nine hard blows from an ax to smash the glass case in Dresden’s historic Green Vault. Once the glass shattered, the two masked thieves grabbed 21 priceless diamond-studded artifacts and disappeared.
When the jewel thieves struck in November 2019, within the space of a few short minutes, some of the world’s most valuable historic jewels had vanished. The haul from the heist was valued 113 million euro [$128M].
Nearly all the stolen artifacts were made during the rule of Frederick Augustus III, the last Elector of Saxony, who was later known as Frederick Augustus I, the first King of Saxony.
They included a 1780s hat clasp decorated with 15 large and more than 100 small diamonds, as well as a 96-centimeter (38-inch) sword and a scabbard, or sheath, which together contained more than 800 diamonds.
A 41-carat green diamond known as the Dresden Green, was among the valuables stolen by the gang
One of the most famous pieces of the collection, a 41-carat green diamond known as the Dresden Green, was not in the museum at the time, being on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
Footage released by Saxony Police showed two people wearing dark clothes, moving quickly though the gallery using flashlights.
One of them then uses an ax to break the glass – the video shows it takes the perpetrator at least nine hits before the glass breaks.
A nearby electrical fire knocked out street lights in the area at around the time of the robbery.
This 1780s hat clasp decorated with 15 large and more than 100 small diamonds, as well as a 96-centimeter (38-inch) sword and a scabbard, or sheath, which together contained more than 800 diamonds are among the items stolen in the theft
Rabieh Remmo, one of six defendants, told the regional court in the eastern city that he and an unnamed accomplice broke into the Green Vault in a brazen night-time raid in November 2019.
In a statement agreed as part of a sentencing deal, he said they smashed the glass of the display cases using an axe and jammed the jewellery into a sack they had brought with them. The accomplice then used a fire extinguisher to destroy any traces of their DNA.
Two fellow accused, Wissam and Mohamed Remmo, also told the court they had taken part in the heist, in statements read by their lawyers. However, they said they had not been inside the museum but rather stood watch and took receipt of the stolen goods, as well as the tools used in the break-in.
Rabieh Remmo, [photo], the alleged mastermind received the longest sentence
Abdul Majed Remmo [left] and Mohamed Remmo [right], were sentenced as juveniles. Both suspects were in their teens at the time of the crime
The group, which had cased the museum on two previous trips, fled in a getaway car to a parking garage, where they set fire to the vehicle to cover their tracks before returning to Berlin.
“My contribution to the crime was larger than I first said,” said Remmo, who made a partial confession last year. “I was, myself, in the rooms of the Green Vault.”
The judges of Dresden’s Regional Court imposed multi-year prison sentences on the five defendants who were convicted.
Rabieh Remo, one of the main perpetrators, will serve six years and two months in prison, while his accomplice, Wissam Remmo, received six years and three months while Bashir Remmo was sentenced to five years and 10 months. Another participant in the crime was sentenced to four years and four months in prison under the Juvenile Criminal Code.
A fifth defendant was sentenced to five years in juvenile detention with the inclusion of an earlier conviction. The 24-year-old denied his involvement in the burglary until the very end.
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