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Robbery at Greek ancient Olympia Museum

Post  Panda on Fri 17 Feb - 11:06

17 February 2012
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Robbery at Ancient Olympia museum

Armed robbers have stolen
dozens of artefacts from a museum in Ancient Olympia - the birthplace of
the Olympics, Greek officials say.

They say two masked men smashed glass displays after overpowering a guard.

Local mayor Thymios Kotzias said items of "incalculable" value had been stolen, but gave no details.

Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos has tendered his
resignation, but it has so far not been accepted. He is on his way to
the site in western Greece.

The thieves reportedly stole more than about 60 items - mostly bronze and clay statuettes.

Mr Kotzias was quoted by AFP as saying: "There were two of them, and they had a gun.

The robbers are said to have overpowered a female guard

"They immobilised the guard as the shift changed at 7am (05:00 GMT), having previously knocked out the alarm.

"We must wait and see what the local archaeology supervisor
will say, but the items were of incalculable value," Mr Kotzias added.

The town is home to two museums - the Archaeological Museum
of Olympia, which contains some of Greece's most valuables treasures
from the temples of Ancient Olympia, and a less renowned municipal

There are conflicting reports about which was targeted by the robbers and calls from the BBC were not answered.

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