German police have arrested two people and carried out several raids in relation to the theft of a 100-kilogram gold coin from a Berlin museum earlier this year. DW’s Loveday Wright describes how the spectacular heist took place.
Several people have been arrested in Berlin in connection with the spectacular heist in March of a 100-kilo gold coin from a museum in the city. The "Big Maple Leaf" is estimated to be worth several million euros.
When a 100-kilo, $1 million Canadian coin was stolen from a Berlin museum, the director was weak in the knees. He told DW why he's hopeful the coin will be recovered - and displayed in any condition.
It wasn't exactly 'Mission Impossible' - thieves simply pushed a ladder against a window and loaded a coin worth millions into a wheelbarrow. Then they likely dropped the coin and scaled down a rope into an awaiting car.
Berlin authorities have seized dozens of apartments and houses they claim are owned by one of the city's Arab crime networks. A new law allows police to confiscate property bought with ill-gotten gains.
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