RIO DE JANEIRO – Rio de Janeiro police said Wednesday they had an estimated $ 3.5 million loot of Nazi memorabilia and weapons in the home of a Brazilian suspected of raping a minor found.
Rio plainclothes police said they found more than 1,000 items in the home of the 58-year-old unnamed suspect, including Nazi uniforms, magazines, paintings, Nazi badges, pictures of Adolf Hitler, flags and Third Reich medals.
They also found weapons and ammunition from the period.
The loot was discovered after police went to the man’s home to issue an arrest warrant on suspicion of raping a minor and molesting other children in his west of town condominium. The suspect was also charged with illegal gun possession and racial discrimination.
“He’s a smart guy and eloquent, but he’s a Holocaust denier, he’s homophobic, he’s a pedophile, and he says he hunts homosexuals,” Luis Armond, the lead investigator on the case, told Reuters. “I’m not a doctor, but he seems like an insane psychopath to me.”
Armond said the suspect came from a wealthy family of investors and likely used his inheritance to build the collection. Armond estimated that a high-level Nazi uniform would cost about $ 290,000.
The police are investigating the suspect’s connection to Nazi and other right-wing extremist groups and trying to find out whether he was active in the market for such objects.
Armond said a museum had to be found for the collection.
“This is something completely unusual and shocking,” he said.
Associated press contributed.