In an astonishing turn of events at the Green Vault Museum in Dresden, Germany thieves broke into a vault to steal jewellery worth billions on Monday, November 25.  


This is being described as the world's biggest theft in postwar history, reports India Today

cctv footage of a man trying to break into the vault
Source: Independent UK

Claiming that a lot of artefacts stolen were indeed priceless, a caretaker speaking to The Guardian, said:  

The Grüne Gewölbe (or Green Vault) has been stripped of hundreds of artefacts, after the thieves reportedly started a fire in the early hours of Monday that led to a breakdown in the power supply and the failure of security alarms. 
Police investigating outside Dresden Museum
Source: Art Net

The thieves, who entered the museum by removing an iron grill, smashed a glass window on the ground floor to sneak into the vault.


37 precious sets of precious stones has been reportedly stolen and the authorities fear the thieves might try to break the items before selling them off. 

Interiors of Dresden Museum
Source: RTE

The director of Dresden's State Art Collections, Marion Ackermann said it was impossible to estimate the exact value of the stolen items. 


Confirming the theft, the German police issued a statement saying: 

We can confirm that there has been a break-in in the Grüne Gewölbe... the perpetrators are on the run.
Dresden Museum
Source: UPI

Speaking about the possible conversion of the stolen items Bernhard Pacher, manager of the art auction house Hermann Historica, told reporters: 

Even when they are broken down and melted they can still deliver a 100-200 million euro return, which still makes it worth stealing them.
Collage of valuable items inside Dresden
Source: Economic Times

As the news became viral, netizens posted took to Twitter to express their feelings around the whole incident. 

Further reports are awaited as the investigation is still underway.