“Communications with the police were cut off”, warned the mayor of Manching, who sees a relationship between the two events
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The Celtic and Roman Museum in Manching, Germany, in a photograph taken on Tuesday, May 22. November 2022 (Armin Weigel/dpa via AP)
A group of unknown persons carried out a robbery at the Celtic and Roman Museum in Manching, southern Germany, in which they obtained a booty made up of 483 gold coinsvalued at several million dollars, the Bavarian police reported Tuesday.
The treasure was considered the largest find of Celtic culture in Germany and had been found in 1999 in the near Manching, in the Bavarian region.
“The robbery must have occurred in the morning hours. It was a classic procedure, as one can imagine in a bad movie,” said a spokesperson for the Regional Criminal Bureau.
Museum workers, however, only later noticed the theft. The employees discovered that the “display case” was broken and that all the gold coins were missing, the police explained.
Last night, fiberglass cables had been cut in Manching, affecting 13,000 telephone and internet users in the region. With this the possibilities of communicating with the police had been interrupted the same as the automatic connection of the museum's alarm system with the authorities. Problems with mobile phone networks also occurred in the same region.
“The museum is actually a high-security building but communications with the police were cut off< /b>”, Manching mayor Herbert Nerb told the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung that he sees a relationship between the two events. “This is the work of professional thieves.” he added.
The Bavarian State Minister of Culture, Markus Blume, described the loss of this Celtic treasure as a catastrophe. He said the thieves had displayed “incredible criminal energy.”
The collection of 483 gold coins is one of the highlights of that museum. They were discovered in 1999 during excavations of an ancient settlement in Manching and are considered to be the largest treasure trove of Celtic gold found in the 20th century.
As he explained the police, the coins, which together weighed about 4 kilograms (8.8 pounds), date “from about a hundred years BC” and have a value of “several million euros.”< /p>
Police have appealed to witnesses who may have seen suspicious individuals near the museum or have other information that could lead to the recovery of the treasure.
With information from AP, AFP, EFE and Reuters