At least two thieves participated in the heist, the biggest museum theft in Germany since the Second World War, and possibly the largest in German history. Police haven’t released much information, though they did say that two men smashed a display case, grabbed the jewels and ran. The two are also believed to have set a fire nearby to distract authorities.

Among other items, the stash includes a jewel- encrusted sword and scabbard, as well as bejeweled clasps, epaulettes, brooches, buckles and other essential 18th-cetury pieces.



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