Nov. 17 (UPI) — German authorities say they arrested three folks Tuesday in reference to a daring heist a yr in the past that netted the crooks $1 billion value of uncommon jewels from a museum.

Prosecutors charged the suspects with aggravated gang theft and arson. Authorities attorneys argue that the trio had been those who broke into the Grünes Gewölbe, or Inexperienced Vault, of the 500-year-old Dresden Fortress museum on Nov. 25, 2019 — and shattered a show case to steal an assortment of jewels.

Police imagine a fireplace at a close-by electrical energy junction was intentionally set to disable the museum’s alarm. The theft was captured by the museum’s surveillance cameras.

Dresden police say the three suspects are believed to be German residents and could also be linked to an Arab crime household based mostly in Berlin.

Authorities had fashioned a particular fee to analyze the heist, however the stolen jewels haven’t but been discovered.

“You would need to be very fortunate to seek out them a yr after the crime,” Dresden police spokesman Thomas Geithner mentioned. “Hope dies final.”

The stolen gems, which date again to the 18th century and embody diamond-encrusted objects, had been estimated to be value $1 billion. Dresden State Artwork Collections Director Marion Ackermann mentioned in addition they have “inestimable artwork and cultural-historical worth.”

“[The focus remains on] the seek for the stolen artwork treasures and attainable proof akin to storage media, clothes and instruments,” Saxony State Police tweeted.

Authorities imagine there are two different individuals who participated within the heist who haven’t but been caught.