German police arrest fugitive twin over museum heist

Police officers are seen leaving Dresden's Royal Palace on Nov 27, 2019, after a heist took place in the Green Vault museum on premises two day earlier. PHOTO: AFP
The empty showcase from which jewels were stolen in November 2019 at the Royal Palace in Dresden, as seen on April 29, 2020. PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - German police said on Tuesday (Dec 15) they have arrested one of two fugitive twin brothers from the so-called Remmo clan wanted over their suspected role in snatching priceless jewels from a museum in the city of Dresden.

The 21-year-old suspect was detained in Berlin on Monday evening over what local media have dubbed one of the biggest museum heists in modern history, a spokesman for the police in the eastern city of Dresden said.

The twins had eluded German authorities when they carried out raids last month and arrested three members of the Remmo clan, a family of Arab origin notorious for its ties to organised crime.

Police then named them as 21-year-old Abdul Majed Remmo and Mohammed Remmo.

All five suspects are accused of "serious gang robbery and two counts of arson," Dresden prosecutors said.

Police did not immediately name the arrested twin. His brother remains on the run.

The robbers launched their brazen raid lasting eight minutes on the Green Vault museum in Dresden's Royal Palace on Nov 25, 2019.

Having caused a partial power cut and broken in through a window, they snatched priceless 18th-century jewellery and other valuables from the collection of the Saxon ruler August the Strong.

Items stolen included a sword whose hilt is encrusted with nine large and 770 smaller diamonds, and a shoulder piece which contains the famous 49-carat Dresden white diamond, Dresden's Royal Palace said.

The Remmos were previously implicated in another stunning museum robbery in the heart of Berlin in which a 100-kg gold coin was stolen.

Investigators last year targeted the family with the seizure of 77 properties worth a total of 9.3 million euros (S$15.1 million), charging that they were purchased with the proceeds of various crimes, including a 2014 bank robbery.

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