Two diamonds that were pinched from a Dresden museum last year have resurfaced after being offered to an Israeli security firm through the Darknet for £7.5 million.
The Dresden White Diamond and the breast star of the Polish Order of the White Eagle were two pieces thieved from Dresden’s Green Vault in late November 2019.
Israeli firm, CGI Group, told the German news agency dpa that two priceless stones were offered to them through the Darknet.
The suspects said they had used encryption techniques to make the emails tricky to track. They also requested payment in Bitcoin.
The Dresden White Diamond (left) and the breast star of the Polish Order of the White Eagle (right) were two pieces thieved from Dresden’s Green Vault in late November 2019
Stolen: A cabinet of 18th-century jewellery which was smashed open and looted by burglars at a German museum yesterday, causing an ‘immeasurable’ loss
Zvika Nave, CEO of CGI Group, told Deutsche Welle that the museum had hired his firm to track down the stolen stones.
According to the Green Vault museum, there is little evidence to support the security firm’s claims.
‘The company also did not establish contact with us,’ said Stephan Adam, the spokesman for the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD).
The SKD denied CGI’s role in investigating the theft and that they had received no communication from them about the offer.
In the weeks since the daring heist, authorities have not yet recovered any of the jewels plundered from Europe’s largest treasure collection.
After the raid in November, the Green Vault museum confirmed a list of the jewel-encrusted losses that were snatched during the spectacular heist.
The Dresden white, which is alleged to have been offered to the security company, is one of the most precious jewels in the collection of former Saxon ruler August the Strong.
The jewels were stolen after thieves set fire to a junction box, cutting power to the museum’s alarms, then managed to get through a small gap in a grille of a window on the ground floor
Tobias Kormind, managing director of the diamond retailer 77Diamonds, said at the time that it could be worth up to £7.6 million £9 million, adding that thieves would have ‘hit the jackpot’ if they did take it.
‘None of the diamonds would have been in themselves extra special except for the one large Dresden White,’ he said.
The 49-carat diamond was cut in the early 18th century and bought at great expense by August the Strong, then Elector of Saxony, in 1728.
The pieces stolen from the Royal Palace that houses the historic Green Vault including a hairpin Maria Josephas (right) with large diamond by Johann Melchior Dinglinger from 1713 and reworked in 1719 is in the exhibition ‘Splendor et laetitia’
In dramatic CCTV footage released by police after the raid, one of the suspects can be seen using an axe to break into the display case containing three diamond jewellery collections.
The thieves launched their audacious raid in the early hours of November 26, instigating a partial powercut before breaking through a window protected by iron bars.
They then headed straight for the display cabinet in what police said was a ‘targeted and premeditated crime’.
Police believed that there were four perpetrators in total.
Dresden police chief Joerg Kubiessa told broadcaster ZDF that a ‘criminal gang’ may be behind the robbery.