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Dresden (Germany), Nov 25 (Canadian-Media): Police in Dresden were alerted shortly before 5 a.m. Monday that thieves had broken into Dresden's Green Vault, one of the world's oldest museums, and made off with three "priceless" sets of jewelry, media reports said.
Dresden's Green Vault Museum/Twitter
Established Footage captured by security cameras had been reviewed by the authorities, but no suspects had been detained so far.
German media reported the losses from the early-morning burglary could run into the high hundreds of millions of euros, but the director of Dresden's State Art Collections, Marion Ackermann, said, "We cannot give a value because it is impossible to sell" and appealed to the thieves not to break the ensembles into pieces.
"The material value doesn't reflect the historic meaning," she said.
Established in 1723, the treasury of Augustus the Strong of Saxony its historic place today contains around 4,000 objects of gold, precious stones and other materials on display.
Michael Kretschmer, the governor of Saxony, where Dresden is located, said the treasures in the vault contained items collected over many hundreds of years.
"It's not just the State Art Collections that was robbed, but us Saxons," Michael Kretschmer tweeted. "One can't understand the history of Saxony without the Green Vault."
"This is a bitter day for the cultural heritage of Saxony," Saxony's interior minister, Roland Woeller said.
The thieves "stole cultural treasures of immeasurable worth — that is not only the material worth but also the intangible worth to the state of Saxony, which is impossible to estimate."