Tuesday 26 November 2013

Objects Stolen from Macedonian Museum Found Foreign Buyers?

Macedonian police are questioning museum staff after the discovery that 166 artifacts, have been stolen from storage in the country's biggest museum. The missing items include gold and silver jewellery, dating from the 4th century A.D.
Police said Tuesday that an organized crime ring is thought to be behind the theft, and the antiquities are believed to have been sold abroad. Authorities are still uncertain when the pieces were taken from the Museum of Macedonia in central Skopje. Last month, curators reported that 60 artifacts, mainly earrings, pendants, rings and bracelets from two cemeteries in central Macedonia, had gone missing. They later added another 20 artifacts to the list [later] a full investigation raised the number of missing artifacts to 166.
So who has been buying from an organized criminal gang looted ancient gold and silver items looted from a Eastern European museum collection, no-questions asked? Who has been buying ancient gold and silver items from Eastern Europe, no-questions asked? It's the same question.

'Macedonian police say 4th century artifacts stolen from country's biggest museum', The Associated Press November 19, 2013

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