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Burglary in the Green Vault: fake diamond dealer arrested in the Netherlands!

By Eric Hofmann, Emma Schwarze

Dresden – In the spectacular case of Breaking into the historic Green Vault in Dresden another suspect (54) was arrested and after Germany transferred.

The Order of the White Eagle was donated by Augustus the Strong in 1705 and is the highest decoration in Poland. © Wikipedia Dziennik Ustaw RP nr 90/1992 poz.452

The public prosecutor’s office in Dresden and the State Criminal Police Office in Saxony confirmed this Thursday in a statement Messagecurrently investigating against a 54-year-old Dutchman Marcus van N. on suspicion of commercial fraud.

Accordingly, the man contacted a Dutch art detective in December 2021 and posed as a diamond dealer from Antwerp.

The 54-year-old offered him the breast star of the Polish Order of the White Eagle, which had been stolen when the Green Vault was broken into, for 40,000 euros.

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He allegedly examined the piece of jewelry with his boss beforehand and was able to confirm its authenticity, so that he now wants to buy it from the seller “for the purpose of returning it to the Dresden State Art Collections (SKD)”.

The detective then turned to a lawyer who was hired by the SKD and a private initiative to recover the stolen goods.

Meeting with suspect didn’t go as planned

On November 25, 2019, burglars with axes smashed into showcases in the Jewel Room in the historic Green Vault and stole 21 pieces of jewelery with 4,300 diamonds and brilliants.  (archive image)

On November 25, 2019, burglars with axes smashed into showcases in the Jewel Room in the historic Green Vault and stole 21 pieces of jewelery with 4,300 diamonds and brilliants. (archive image) © Oliver Killig/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa

Since the art detective had already helped in the past to return stolen works of art and the accused’s description initially sounded plausible to the police, a meeting was arranged for December 27th.

At the meeting in Antwerp, the accused again stated that he wanted to buy the jewel for the SKD.

In addition, according to the public prosecutor’s office, he “displayed an extraordinary art expertise”, so that the representatives of the SKD decided to hand over the 40,000 euros for the jewel to the accused in cash.

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But contrary to his assurances, the 54-year-old fled with the money.

Identity could be established easily: Dutchman already had several previous convictions

After his identification, the officers were able to smoothly bring the suspect to Germany.  (icon picture)

After his identification, the officers were able to smoothly bring the suspect to Germany. (symbol image) © Matthias Rietschel/dpa

Officials were able to quickly find out the identity of the accused after a brief investigation, as the man has multiple criminal records in the Netherlands and has even been in prison since March of this year.

The Dutchman has been in German custody since November 10. There could be a sad reason why he hardly hid his tracks: According to TAG24 information, the alleged fraudster is said to be terminally ill.

The district court in Dresden then executed the arrest warrant against the 54-year-old and put him in custody.

So far, the accused has not commented on the allegations. The investigations are ongoing and will probably also “take some time”.

The art fraudster is a serial criminal

Ferrari rental: Marcus van N. (54) cheated dozens of Dutch people with this website.

Ferrari rental: Marcus van N. (54) cheated dozens of Dutch people with this website. © Screenshot

When the name Marcus van N. is mentioned, the ears of the Dutch judiciary start ringing: as early as 1991 he was behind bars for ten weeks for embezzlement.

After that, selling or renting things that didn’t belong to him became something of a trademark for the native of Assen.

He rented apartments he didn’t even own to unsuspecting students. Or wanted to send 17 people to Poland for so-called driver’s license trips for 675 euros each – cash collected without a trip …

Because of a new scam, the police arrested Marcus van N. at a campsite, in 2013 he went behind bars for two years. He had promised dozens of victims via a website that he would rent a Ferrari for a day. He collected 350 euros rent and 500 euros deposit, there was never a car.

Most recently, he was sentenced to two years in prison for attempted robbery, threats and embezzlement of a car, but was released on probation on May 6, 2019.

At the beginning of March he went behind bars again because he had violated the conditions.

First report: 1:17 p.m. Last updated: 9pm.

Cover photo: Montage: Oliver Killig/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa, Wikipedia Dziennik Ustaw RP nr 90/1992 poz.452

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