Iconic monkey returned to Danish art museum after theft

A 30-kilogram wooden monkey by famous Danish designer Kay Bojesen has been returned to the Trapholt museum in Kolding after being stolen in December.

Iconic monkey returned to Danish art museum after theft
Photo: Trapholt Museum

The art museum confirmed that the monkey, whose design has become iconic in Denmark, had been recovered and will be placed back in its spot at the museum.

“It’s an incredible relief that we’ve got the monkey back. It comes from Kay Bojesen’s own workshop and is therefore completely unique and irreplaceable,” museum director Karen Grøn said in a press statement.

The piece was stolen during a break-in at the museum during the night of December 9th last year.

Part of the ‘Humour in Danish Design’ exhibition, the monkey will be on show again from Wednesday, the museum confirmed.

“This episode shows that it is difficult to hide and sell stolen items from an art museum,” Grøn said.

“We would like to praise the police, whom we have worked closely with throughout,” she added.

The museum press statement gave no specific detail on how the monkey was recovered.

In January, a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing the monkey, which has an estimated value of 100,000 kroner.

Trapholt was also the target of a break-in on New Year’s Eve, when an item made of gold and diamond, the ‘Rolexgate’ piece by Marco Evaristti, was stolen.

But police recently told local media JydskeVestkysten that they had reached a dead end in the investigation of that case.

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German police arrest fugitive twin over Dresden museum heist

German police said Tuesday they have arrested one of two fugitive twin brothers from the so-called Remmo clan wanted over their suspected role in snatching priceless jewels from a museum in the city of Dresden.

German police arrest fugitive twin over Dresden museum heist
Archive photo from April 2019 shows the Jewellery Room of the Green Vault. Photo: DPA

The 21-year-old suspect was detained in Berlin on Monday evening over what local media have dubbed one of the biggest museum heists in modern history, a spokesman for the police in the eastern city of Dresden said.

The twins had eluded German authorities when they carried out raids last month and arrested three members of the Remmo clan, a family of Arab origin notorious for its ties to organised crime.

Police then named them as 21-year-old Abdul Majed Remmo and Mohammed Remmo.

All five suspects are accused of “serious gang robbery and two counts of arson,” Dresden prosecutors said.

Police did not immediately name the arrested twin. His brother remains on the run.

The robbers launched their brazen raid lasting eight minutes on the Green Vault museum in Dresden's Royal Palace on November 25th, 2019.

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Having caused a partial power cut and broken in through a window, they snatched priceless 18th-century jewellery and other valuables from the collection of the Saxon ruler August the Strong.

Items stolen included a sword whose hilt is encrusted with nine large and 770 smaller diamonds, and a shoulderpiece which contains the famous 49-carat Dresden white diamond, Dresden's Royal Palace said.

The Remmos were previously implicated in another stunning museum robbery in the heart of Berlin in which a 100-kilogramme gold coin was stolen.

Investigators last year targeted the family with the seizure of 77 properties worth a total of €9.3 million, charging that they were purchased with the proceeds of various crimes, including a 2014 bank robbery.

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