Berlin 'clan' members accused of stealing giant £3.4m coin

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 11, 2019

Two brothers and their cousin, identified in German media as 24-year-old Wayci Remmo, 20-year-old Ahmed Remmo and 22-year-old Wissam Remmo, are accused of stealing the "Big Maple Leaf" - which looks like a giant loonie - from the Bode Museum in March 2017.

The coin is valued at €3.75m.

If found guilty of theft in the juvenile court case, the three suspects, all registered as unemployed, would face jail terms of up to 10 years.

A ladder, a wheelbarrow and a getaway vehicle were allegedly used in the heist.

The coin, stolen from the bode Museum in Berlin, is made out of pure gold, weighs about 100 kilos and has a face value of around $1 million.

The fourth suspect, Dennis W., worked as a guard at the museum for a private security firm and is accused of scouting out the scene.

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The coin, which has a diameter of 53 centimetres, was on loan from an unidentified collector to the Bode Museum, which bills its exhibition of coins and medals as a "chronicle of human history forged in metal".

As the trial begins in Berlin, prosecutors told the court three of the suspects broke into the museum through an upstairs window and used a ladder, wheelbarrow and rope to extract the "Big Maple Leaf" from a bullet-proof glass.

On the night of the break-in security cameras recorded three masked men wearing hoodies near the museum. They apparently dropped the coin twice on the floor during the heist.

The auto that police say was the getaway vehicle was later confiscated during an illegal auto race, reported Spiegel Online.

The sequel to the Big Maple Leaf robbery is being played out in a Berlin court.

The city's police a year ago targeted the Remmo clan, with the seizure of 77 properties worth a total of €9.3 million, charging that they were purchased with the proceeds of various crimes, including a bank robbery.

The head of German police union BDK, Sebastian Fiedler, said that "without doubt, clan criminality in all its facets is a prime example of completely failed integration".

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