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Thieves raid Greece's Ancient Olympia Museum | World news | The Guardian

Armed robbers have stolen several dozen artefacts from Greece's Ancient Olympia Museum, which houses one of the most important collections of ancient Greek antiquities, police and reports said.

Two robbers wearing hoods broke into the museum around 7.30am (5.30am GMT) on Friday before tying up the one female employee on duty at the time, reports from Greece said. The robbers then used hammers to smash display cases, taking away between 60 and 70 items.

"According to the results of the investigation so far, unknown persons, this morning, at about 07:34 am, immobilised the guard of the museum and removed bronze and clay objects from the displays, as well as a gold ring," a police statement said. Police set up roadblocks around the museum.

Remember Baghdad.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 06:08:18 AM EST
Bloomberg: Greece's Culture Minister Offers to Resign After Second Museum Robbery
Greek Culture Minister Pavlos Yeroulanos offered to resign after the museum of ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, was robbed, the second major art heist this year.

Yeroulanos went to the museum in southern Greece this morning to assess the situation after submitting his resignation to Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, a ministry spokesman said in a phone interview given on condition of anonymity. There was no response from the prime minister's office on whether the resignation was accepted.

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The robbery is the second major theft in two months. On Jan. 9, police reported three works of art, including a painting by Pablo Picasso and donated by the artist to the Greek people, were stolen from the National Gallery of Art in central Athens. The thieves are still at large.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 06:18:35 AM EST
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The thieves are still at large.

The Troika?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 09:32:18 AM EST
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Ts ts, mind your language. The troika aren't thieves. If you loot that successfully you are entitled to more politeness.
by Katrin on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 09:46:25 AM EST
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Well, they have certainly shown that they belong in the same class, if not cell, as Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon, who are two of Barack Obama's idols.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:08:15 PM EST
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I think categorising their relative criminality can wait until after they are caught.
by Katrin on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:32:49 PM EST
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Which will wait until they are indicted.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 02:47:44 PM EST
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As far as the same cell goes, I just learnt that Moshe Katsav, Israel's last president, had been put in the same cell as Shlomo Benizri, a former government minister. So there are precedents for this sort of thing....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 03:15:49 PM EST
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