Three jewels, a pair of earrings and a brooch from the Al Thani collection, were stolen during the visiting hours of an exhibition that was to end this Wednesday in Italy.
The theft was committed during the visiting hours of an exhibition dedicated to the “Treasures of the Mughals and Maharajas”. On Wednesday, a pair of earrings and a brooch were stolen from the Ducal Palace in the very heart of Venice, Piazza San Marco.
These jewels, whose value, currently being evaluated, could reach one million euros according to the investigators, are among the 270 or so precious Indian objects from the sixteenth to the twentieth century gathered for this exhibition which was to be concluded this Wednesday. They are largely from the collection belonging to Sheikh Hamad bin Abdullah Al Thani, a member of the royal family of Qatar and son of Abdallah ben Khalifa Al Thani, former prime minister from 1996 to 2007.
The two thieves are “very skilled professionals”
According to the first elements of the investigation, the two robbers managed to delay the triggering of the alarm system of the armored window behind which these two jewels were. According to the police, they then mingled with the visitors and managed to escape.
The alarm went off in the middle of the morning, but too late. The ducal palace was immediately closed and the visitors were put under control, to no avail. “We are definitely dealing with some very skillful professionals, who have succeeded despite the fact that all the rooms are equipped with technologically sophisticated alarm systems,” said the chief commissioner in charge of the Venice police, Vito Gagliardi, who added that he intends to find out why the jewel case was opened so easily and why the alarm went off so late.
Roman experts were called to elucidate all the circumstances of the theft. For their part, the organizers of the exhibition sent photos of the jewels stolen to London for a more precise evaluation.