The Tefaf in Maastricht is considered the most important fair for old art and also one of the most exclusive art fairs in the world. After a two-year Corona break, it will take place again with an audience for the first time.

An armed robbery has been committed at the international art fair Tefaf in Maastricht, the Netherlands, according to police. Two suspects were arrested, the police reported on Tuesday.

Two other people are still at large. The search for them is in full swing. According to the police, the men may have stolen diamonds.

Eyewitnesses reported in the media that they had seen four heavily armed men in the morning. With at least one rifle and a hatchet, they tried to break open the showcases of a jewelry dealer. An eyewitness took video of the robbery, showing a man hitting a display case with a large sledgehammer. Badly damaged glass showcases can be seen in photos on social media. It was initially unclear whether the thieves stole anything.

The fair had been cleared for some time, Tefaf said. «The security teams at the fair worked quickly to disarm a perpetrator and the Dutch police were on the scene within minutes. Nobody was injured in the incident.”