Cops Bust 4 With Looting Costa Concordia

Men were employed by company hired to salvage the wreck

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 10, 2013 10:20 AM CST

(Newser) – It seems that there's no rest for the wreckage of the recently raised Costa Concordia: Italian police busted four divers employed by Titan, the group tasked with salvaging the cruiseship, and will be charging them with looting, reports Sky News. The men were spotted via CCTV on the eighth deck—which was purely coincidentally home to executive staterooms containing safes—and police responding found them, as a police spokeswoman puts it: "red-handed," holding a "a rucksack with the Costa Concordia emblem on it." Not helping their cause: It was 1:30 in the morning, "when no salvage operation was ongoing."

But at least the quartet's intentions were, er, pure? As per another police source: "The men said they were just looking for a few souvenirs and that they had no intention of taking anything personal, expensive, or that would be of use to the investigation." No dice: Titan confirms that four men have been dismissed. They're free on bail, and will head to court at a later date.

In this Sept. 18, 2013 file photo, a small boat navigates past the damaged side of the Costa Concordia ship after it was pulled upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)
The once underwater side of the Costa Concordia is visible after it was lifted upright, on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
The Costa Concordia ship lies on its side on the Tuscan Island of Giglio, Italy, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.   (AP Photo/Andrea Sinibaldi, Lapresse)
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