Robbery at Tefaf Maastricht: nearly 30 million euros in jewelry stolen

Robbery at Tefaf Maastricht: nearly 30 million euros in jewelry stolen

An English jeweler was the victim of an armed robbery on Tuesday at the world’s largest antiques fair in the Netherlands. A necklace would have been stolen. Two Belgian suspects have been arrested.

Currently reported as an “incident” on the Tefaf Maastricht (The European Fine Art Fair) website, what we took on Wednesday for an attempted robbery turns out to be much more serious. If the largest art and antiques fair in the world recognizes a “theft that occurred during the fair” in a terse press release, the trifle would amount to nearly 27 million euros according to the Times. A witness present in the aisles reports that the discussions between merchants reported other stolen objects for a total sum of around 30 million euros. When questioned, Tefaf does not comment on these facts.

On Tuesday, dumbfounded witnesses attended the mass attack on a window on the stand of the English jeweler Symbolic & Chase. Videos of this violent scene circulated on Twitter. A necklace with emeralds and a large yellow stone was stolen. Always according to Times, it would be a creation of Joel Arthur Rosenthal, one of the world’s most respected jewelry designers. This secret jeweler is prized for its unique pieces. His clients are handpicked according to Vanity Fair. Contacted in Paris, his shop makes no comment.

“We felt like we were in a movie”

“The Dutch police were on the scene within minutes. No one was injured in the incident, which took place at a jewelry stand,” writes the press release from Tefaf. An anonymous witness, however, reports that the robbers were in possession of firearms in addition to the mace – introduced one wonders how? – inside the living room. “I confirm that the four robbers were well armed and in particular with Uzi-type submachine guns. They did not use their weapons but threatened anyone who approached them,” confirms this same witness, who heard the merchants shouting “gun guns” as the sirens sounded. He clearly saw the robbers, made up like Peaky Blinders with their weapons. “It felt like we were in a movie.” Shortly after the robbery, the police arrested two people. “A 22-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, both from Belgium. These two people were driving a gray vehicle registered in Belgium,” reports the statement of the Dutch police.

This is not the first time that Tefaf has been the victim of a robbery. In 2008, thieves stole a diamond necklace worth around 1.2 million euros; a little more than two years later, a London jewelery merchant suffered a major theft. The somewhat “basic” security device – bag openings without detection gate – is singled out. The investigation is ongoing.

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