The Stasi Museum, dedicated to the East German secret police, was robbed over the weekend, an official statement said on Sunday. According to police, the thieves broke a window on the ground floor, then "smashed several showcases, and stole medals and jewellery". After that, the criminals managed to escape undetected.
Museum director Jörg Drieselmann told the media that among the looted objects were valuable awards including a Patriotic Order of Merit, an Order of Lenin, and a valuable Order of Karl Marx, as well as rings and watches.
"These are not huge treasures. But we are a history museum and don't expect people to break in", he noted.© REUTERS / FABRIZIO BENSCHPeople stand in front of a projection on the former Stasi secret police headquarters in Berlin, Germany, November 4, 2019
At the moment, there is no information about the value of the stolen pieces or their possible whereabouts.