Insurer offers €500,000 reward to solve Tefaf jewelry theft


A €500,000 reward is being offered for information on this summer’s jewelry theft at the Tefaf art fair in Maastricht, the Telegram reported.

The money has been put in place by the insurance company and will be paid if the items, which are believed to include a large rare yellow diamond, are recovered, the newspaper said.

Police are continuing to hunt down four men, who were wearing flat caps and glasses as they smashed the window display at the fair in June. Another brandished a gun at the visitors.

Police confirmed the gang got away with a quantity of jewelry but did not say what. According to the Telegraaf, the transport included at least 10 items, including a necklace with the 114-carat diamond.

The reward, which according to broadcaster NOS has been confirmed by the police, is one of the highest ever offered in the Netherlands.

The prosecution had previously offered €100,000 for information leading to the address of crime boss Ridouan Taghi while a private foundation put up €1million to try to solve the cold case of Tanja Groen’s murder.

The Crown pays only about 10% of the reward it offered, the NOS said.

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