Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thieves Loot Theft Exhibit

From Haaretz:

In a display of what might be called ironic chutzpah, burglars broke into an Ashdod museum this week and stole silver coins from the Hellenistic period and other archaeological finds that were part of an exhibit called "Antiquities Thieves in Israel."

The exhibit, at the Korin Maman Museum, displayed artifacts that the Israel Antiquities Authority had previously recovered from antiquities thieves. Now it seems the authority will have to begin its hunt all over again.

The burglars neutralized the alarm system Tuesday night and stole a bronze spear, two gold earrings, some pottery and the silver coins, which feature the image of Alexander the Great.

"It's one of the weirdest things that ever happened here," said a museum employee. "Someone actually went and stole the robbers display."

The complete story is here.  The Jerusalem Post story is here.

HT: Joe Lauer

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