Story By: Kathryn Quinn, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
These two alleged would-be thieves are being hunted by cops for breaking into a museum to try to steal 7 million GBP worth of gold coins but failed.
The pair left empty-handed even allegedly leaving tools at the scene after police were called to the Trier Landesmuseum in Trier, a a city on the banks of the Moselle in Germany by neighbours who heard noises coming from the museum in the early hours of the morning.
Cops were quick on the scene as the police station was only a couple of hundred metres away.
However the pair, who allegedly got into the building climbing up some scaffolding on the outside of the building before going through a window, left the scene.
The pair were allegedly trying to steal a collection of gold coins estimated to be worth up to eight million EUR (6.9 million GBP). The coins in question were part of the Trier Gold Hoard, a collection of more than 2500 gold coins with a weight of 18.5 kg found in Trier, Germany in September 1993 during construction works. It is described as the largest preserved Roman gold hoard worldwide
The pair allegedly managed to hammer on the cabinet breaking the safety door, but were disturbed before they could get any further.
Museum Director Marcus Reuter, 52, said: “The thieves knew what they were doing and knew the place. But seems not well enough. The museum has numerous security measures in place including infra red cameras as well as movement monitors. The pair were filmed every step of the way.
The pair allegedly hammered on the glass casing which split but did not shatter.
The police arrived minutes later and disturbed by the noise the suspected would-be gangsters left the scene allegedly leaving their tools behind.
The pair are now being hunted by police and the coin collection is currently not on show until all security measures are checked and put in place.
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