Two thieves made off with millions of euros worth of jewels in a brazen daytime heist at an exhibition in Venice Wednesday.
Investigators believe that at least two suspects entered Doge’s Palace, a popular tourist spot, where Indian jewelry belonging to Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani was on display, Reuters reported.
One suspect stood guard while the other grabbed the jewels from the display case, Venice police said.
Police believe they worked with accomplices who may have tampered with the museum’s security systems.
Alarms didn’t sound until the thieves had obtained the jewels and were making their escape, according to reports.
The stolen items included a pair of earrings and a brooch made of diamonds, gold and platinum.
The pieces were stolen on the last day of the exhibit.
“We are certainly dealing with very skilled professionals, who got away with it even though the building and the rooms were kitted out with very advanced technological systems,” Venice police commissioner Vito Gagliardi told Reuters.
Gagliardi said the jewels were likely worth “a few million euros.”
A Venice police spokesman told CNN the jewels were “of great value.”
Doge’s Palace confirmed the theft of “two objects” from the Al Thani Collection in a press release, CNN reported. They were described as “recently made and of marginal value compared to other jewels of greater historical value.”
“Thanks to the timely intervention of the security apparatus operating inside the exhibition halls, and whose definition was shared from the outset with the Venice Police Headquarters, the Civic Museums Foundation was able to provide all the law enforcement agencies the elements necessary for a rapid solution of the ongoing investigation,” the museum’s statement read, CNN reported.
The exhibition closed as scheduled yesterday.
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