A trucking company that lost jewellery and gold worth more than GBP 1 million in a daring break-in has offered a GBP 18,000 reward for help in their recovery.
Thieves fled with packing cases full of ancient coins, gold bars and jewels after disabling all the CCTV cameras outside the warehouse in southwestern Germany.
Police – who have not named the logistics company – have released images of some of the jewellery and the type of cases they were packed in.
They say three men carried out the raid in Idar-Oberstein, Rhineland-Palatinate, at around 9pm on 7th December of last year.
Prosecutors said they would reward anyone providing information about the raid with EUR 2,500 (GBP 2,215).
The gang reportedly used a white Mercedes Vito van and were caught on camera wearing dark trousers, hooded jackets and skiing goggles.
Their haul contained many handmade one-off pieces like necklaces, earrings and bracelets studded with diamonds, emeralds, sapphires and rubies, plus gold bars and precious ancient coins.
Rhineland-Palatinate Police said in a statement obtained by Newsflash: “The break-in and the removal of the goods took them just a few minutes.
“An automatic alarm went off instantly. When police units arrived, they were already on the run.”
Discarded packaging has been found in bin bags abandoned at two different locations in Idar-Oberstein.
The gang are expected to try to sell the gems on the international black market.