Around 100 pieces of priceless treasure were stolen in November 2019 when thieves gained access to the Green Vault, one of the largest collections of masterpieces in Europe.
Three German nationals were arrested in Berlin on Tuesday morning, the Dresden public prosecutor together and the city’s police announced in a statement.
They are suspected of having committed serious theft in a gang, as well as two cases of arson. They will be presented to the investigating judge in Dresden on Tuesday.
Authorities said they were searching for the missing treasures. “The focus of today’s measures is the search for the stolen art treasures and possible evidence, such as storage media, clothing and tools,” the statement said.
1/8 – Inside the Green Vault
The Dresden Castle is a residential palace incorporating baroque, Renaissance and classical styles. Today it houses a complex of great museums, including the Green Vault. Credit: © Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden
A total of 1,638 police officers are involved in the operation.
The focus of the search is centered in the Berlin area of Neukoelln, the statement said. There are further searches ongoing in Berlin.