An axe, countless diamonds and a fake taxi: the German Remmo clan struck again 18:45 in Abroad The Remmo family is one of the most notorious criminal clans in Germany. Five boys were convicted today of the largest jewelry heist in recent history.

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The boys in court today during the hearing of the case
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  • Charlotte Waayers

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Think again about what you want from your family ties. With that message, the judge today addressed the boys in front of him, brothers and cousins ​​from the Remmo family. He convicted them of the largest jewelry heist in recent German history.

The judge’s call was not in vain. The Remmo family is one of Germany’s most notorious criminal clans. An estimated thousand relatives live in Berlin.

The Berlin detectives once kept track of how many of them were suspects in a criminal trial. About 60 percent, according to a confidential report that was recently viewed by the German channel RBB.

That report dates from 2012, even before Remmo members stole a 100-kilogram gold coin from the Bode Museum in Berlin. And before the Remmos sentenced today stole 21 historical jewels from the Grünes Gewölbe, a museum in Dresden that was considered an impregnable fortress, but was later found to have many security flaws.

After they were arrested, the boys made a deal with the judiciary. In exchange for partial confessions and even the return of some of the stolen jewels, they received lesser sentences. Even though they are partly badly damaged, and the rest is still missing.

With paternal words, the judge tried to separate the boys, all in their twenties, from the criminal family part today. “Maybe you won’t drive such fast cars anymore, but there are other important things to live for.”

Three of the boys are now free again, also part of the deal. As long as an appeal can still be lodged, they can go home. However, they must report weekly to a police station in the area.

That this is not without risk is also apparent from the jewelery robbery. At the time of the break-in in Dresden, one of the Remmos who helped was already a suspect in the case of the robbery of the gold coin from the Berlin museum. He was not sentenced until several months later, and now remains incarcerated like another convict.

Before they were taken away in handcuffs today, they said goodbye with hugs and kisses. One of them quickly tried to give another his watch, but that stopped the police. A sixth Remmo was acquitted: he had an alibi.

Dutchman took part

A Dutchman also came to court today, for fraud on top of the robbery. Marcus van N., 54, posed as a diamond trader, to whom one of the stolen jewels had been presented.

According to the Public Prosecution Service, he contacted the Dutch art detective Arthur Brand, who had previously successfully recovered stolen art. Brand approached the police, who then contacted the Institute for Saxon Art Treasures and a group of benefactors who had offered a million-euro reward for reacquiring the loot.

Van N. managed to convince them that he had seen one of the jewels himself and could buy it for 40,000 euros in cash. The money was handed over to Van N. in an apartment in Antwerp that he had rented under his own name, after which he disappeared without buying anything back.

“It was all made up,” Van N. said today, in a confession he made in court. He easily found details about the stolen jewels on the internet, and he got his knowledge of diamonds from his parents who owned a jewelery shop. It was “very easy” to scam the others. His trial is still ongoing.

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