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Celtic gold heist likely committed by organized crime

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Associated Press

Published Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at 8:45 AM EST

Last Updated Wednesday, November 23, 2022 8:45 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — An organized crime group is likely behind the theft of a large number of ancient gold coins stolen from a museum this week, a senior southern German official said Wednesday.

The 483 coins were found in 1999 during excavations of an ancient settlement near the present-day town of Manchining and were on display at the local Celtic Roman Museum.

“It’s clear that we won’t just march to the museum and take this treasure with us,” Bavarian Minister of Science and Arts Markus Blum told public broadcaster BR. “There are suspicions that it deals with organized crime cases because it is highly protected.”

All of the museum’s security systems, along with Munching’s entire telephone network, were neutralized during the robbery, Bloom said.

The German news agency dpa reported that in addition to 483 coins dating to around 100 BC, three other items were stolen from the second exhibition cabinet.

Authorities fear treasure worth millions of euros (dollars) could melt.

Police and prosecutors were scheduled to hold a press conference in Manchuria on Wednesday afternoon.

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