Two pieces of jewellery stolen from the Dresden Green Vault treasury last year are reportedly for sale on the dark web, according to an Israeli security company. Investigators from the CGI group said they received several letters offering to sell them a Saxon White diamond weighing 49.84 carats and a star of the Polish Order of the White Eagle of the 18th century with diamonds and rubies. The CGI Group says its investigators were offered the items in an online message via the dark web.
“We have the Dresden White diamond and the star of the Polish White Eagle. These items are left and will be returned for a price,”the alleged thieves say in the message, which was partly published by Germany’s Bild newspaper.
“Please note we will not negotiate….You will not find us, don’t bother.”
The message offered the two items for €9m (£7.6m) — considerably less than they are worth. The Dresden White alone is estimated to be worth more than £9m.
It demanded the money be paid in Bitcoin.
The items were stolen at the end of November 2019 along with ten other pieces of priceless jewellery, several precious buttons and a sword encrusted with diamonds. The media estimated the total value of the stolen at nearly one billion euros. In a few minutes, two robbers cut the bars on the window, entered the museum, took the jewellery and drove away by car with two accomplices.
The Dresden State Art Collections, which runs the Green Vault treasury, said they knew nothing about the investigation of Israeli detectives, and had not authorised their investigation. In turn, the security company claims that the contract was concluded on behalf of the museum’s management to investigate the theft and security measures. In addition, the Israelis say that they transmitted all the information in real time to the Dresden prosecutor’s office.
The German authorities have not commented on the claim, and it is not clear how seriously the alleged offer is being taken.
“At the moment we cannot report anything new in the investigation,” said a spokesman for German prosecutors.
Dresden police have announced a reward of half a million euros for information about the theft. The Green Vault treasury remains closed to visitors. And it is not clear when it will open again.