Looted artifacts captured in luggage in Istanbul

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Some 1,200 historical artifacts were captured in luggage after police’s suspicions were raised in Istanbul’s Fatih district on Sept. 3.

Looted artifacts captured in luggage in Istanbul
Some 140 golden coins, seven crucifixes, two bracelets, two statues, and numerous necklaces
and precious stones were found among the 1,200 artifacts [Credit: DHA]

The artifacts, which included golden coins, crucifixes, statues, bracelets, necklaces and precious stones, were confiscated by squads belonging to the Safety Teams Branch Office.

While out on routine patrol, officers became suspicious of five people and stopped them to search luggage they were carrying. Some 140 golden coins, seven crucifixes, two bracelets, two statues, and numerous necklaces and precious stones were found among the 1,200 artifacts.

The suspects were detained immediately and taken to Istanbul’s Beyaz?t Police Station for questioning, during which they allegedly confessed that they had brought the artifacts from East Anatolia to turn them in for cash. 

Source: Hurriyet Daily News [September 04, 2013]

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