Diamonds snatched from museum
1 December 2003, BRUSSELS – At least EUR 1 million worth of diamonds were snatched from Antwerp’s Diamond Museum on Sunday.
1 December 2003
BRUSSELS – At least EUR 1 million worth of diamonds were snatched from Antwerp’s Diamond Museum on Sunday.
Using a sledgehammer, thieves smashed two display cases and grabbed diamond gems from the temporary exhibition entitled “Art Deco - diamond jewels 1920-1939 - Glamorous gems for the woman of the world.”
The theft was committed soon after the museum’s opening at 10am, with the thieves entering as normal visitors. The whole operation only took a few minutes, fast enough to beat the modern alarm system.
Curator Sabine Denissen told reporters the robbery was professional and well prepared.
The stolen pieces are classic jewels with many diamonds, which means they can be sold easily - the thieves did not take more artistic creations, which would be harder to sell.
Police are distributing a description of the stolen gems to colleagues and jewellers worldwide.
Subject: Belgian news