Monday, 29 July 2019

UK Man Jailed for Possession of Stolen Archaeological Artefacts

Ransacked archaeological stores at CAT
In the UK, a 37-year-old man has been jailed for five months after he was found in possession of stolen archaeological artefacts (Joe Wright, 'Raymond Roberts jailed after being found with stolen artefacts from Canterbury Archaeological Trust' Kent Online, 29 July 2019).
The Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT) was ransacked in January last year - with Roman bone hairpins and fragments of Anglo-Saxon combs being among the precious items to be pinched. Police arrested Raymond Roberts on Sunday, March 25 in connection with handling the stolen items. Charged with two counts of handling stolen goods and one count of theft of metal cladding, Roberts admitted the charges against him when he appeared before Canterbury Crown Court. [...] Officers originally located Roberts on March 19 after an alarm was activated at a business in Sturry Road.
As he was approached, he ran away but police caught him and made the arrest. 
Thief left a mess
He was found to be in possession of a collection of archaeological artefacts that had been stolen in the CAT burglary in January 2018. Following a police interview, he was released under investigation before being arrested again six days later.
Not all of the artefacts have been recovered, it seems the thief sold them off before he was arrested. Who did you say those coins in your collection came from? Have you got the paperwork?

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