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German police make arrests over €4m gold coin heist

German police make arrests over €4m gold coin heist

BERLIN: German special police have arrested several people suspected of having carried out the old-fashioned heist of a €4m (£3.6m) 100kg gold coin in Berlin.

“We are conducting searches and executing arrest warrants in several places in Berlin concerning the break-in at the Bode Museum in March,” regional police said on Wednesday.

A spokesperson confirmed newspaper reports that the suspects arrested at two properties in the Neukölln district were members of an “Arabic-Kurdish clan” known to investigators in connection with drug smuggling, arms trading and racketeering.

The Berlin state office of criminal investigations had tracked down the suspects through DNA evidence.

The theft of the Canadian commemorative coin, whose material value is estimated at €3.8m, had stunned Berliners due to the seeming simplicity of the robbers’ plan.

German special police have arrested several people suspected of having carried out the old-fashioned heist of a €4m (£3.6m) 100kg gold coin in Berlin.

“We are conducting searches and executing arrest warrants in several places in Berlin concerning the break-in at the Bode Museum in March,” regional police said on Wednesday.

A spokesperson confirmed newspaper reports that the suspects arrested at two properties in the Neukölln district were members of an “Arabic-Kurdish clan” known to investigators in connection with drug smuggling, arms trading and racketeering.

The Berlin state office of criminal investigations had tracked down the suspects through DNA evidence.

The theft of the Canadian commemorative coin, whose material value is estimated at €3.8m, had stunned Berliners due to the seeming simplicity of the robbers’ plan.