Berlin police arrests over $4 million gold coin robbers

Special police in front of a building in Berlin, Germany, July 12, 2017 during raids, after a gold coin was stolen from Berlins Bode Museum earlier this year. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

German special police commandos arrested several people during raids in Berlin on Wednesday over the spectacular robbery of a 100 kilo gold coin, worth about $4 million, from Berlin’s Bode Museum in March.

Pictures showed armed police in balaclavas and paramedics outside a property in the Neukoelln area of Berlin.

“We are at the moment conducting searches and executing arrest warrants in several places in Berlin concerning the break in at the Bode museum in March,” said Berlin police.

The unlikely robbery from one of Berlin’s most prestigious museums in the centre of the capital, from behind bullet-proof glass stunned Germans.

The Canadian coin, named “Big Maple Leaf”, which bears the image of Queen Elizabeth II, is made out of pure gold with a material value of about $4 million. Its face value is about $1 million.

The coin, 53 centimetres in diameter and 3 centimetres thick, even made it into the Guinness Book of Records for its unrivalled degree of purity. It was loaned to the Bode Museum in December 2010.


Reuters/ Zainab Sa’id