Two Belgian citizens arrested on Tuesday after armed robbers at the Tefaf Art Fair in Maastricht denied all involvement, their lawyers told reporters.
Two men were arrested in a gray car with a Belgian plate on A2 shortly after the robbery.
No jewels or weapons were found in the car, and their arrest is a misunderstanding, lawyer Stijn van Merm reportedly said, but he did not say if they were at the antique trade fair itself. did.
“We watched a movie [of the robbery] And we are not aware that the client is inside the man in the image, “he reportedly said by AD.
The robbery footage shows four men wearing jackets, hats, and glasses. One of them is trying to break the display case with a hammer. One of the men shoots at people watching the attack, including the man who picks up the vase and throws it.
— Henrik-Willem H⭕️fs (@HWHofs) June 28, 2022
In the meantime, there are many rumors about what was stolen. According to one report, the robbery was after the sale of a very rare yellow diamond by the British company Symbolic & Chase.
— Rickert van derVlies 🚲 (@vandervlies) June 29, 2022
According to Telegraaf, transportation could include Cartier earrings worth € 4.5 million. The picture of the destroyed display case appears to show some empty space.
Uncasse à la Tefaf Maastrichtenpleine journée: des vitrines d’un Stand debijoux fracassé à lamasse, deux truandsmenaçantavec desarmespour protéger leur complice. Ils se sont enfuis parler instrument… pic.twitter.com/qY4ounavdf
— La Tribune de l’Art (@ltdla) June 28, 2022
So far, all Dutch police have stated that the robbery took place at a jewel stand and the “jewel” was stolen.
The Tefaf Fine Art Fair will be held until June 30th and will bring together dealers and buyers from around the world.
This is not the first time Tefaf has been targeted by a thief. In 2010, an annual event used pendants and rings totaling € 860,000. In 2008, the thief got a necklace worth 1.2 million euros.
The stolen art expert Arthur Brand told De Telegraaf that the robbery was “either done by a full amateur or by an expert who is confident that he will escape.”
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