Thieves Swipe $3.2M Artifacts From UK Museum

Police arrested three, but yet to recover Chinese artifacts
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 8, 2012 7:25 AM CDT
Thieves Swipe $3.2M Artifacts From UK Museum
Durham University's museum had two Chinese artifacts stolen from it Thursday night. Police yesterday said they had arrested three people in connection to the theft.   (Wikipedia:,_Durham.jpg)

Two Chinese artifacts with an estimated combined value of $3.2 million have been stolen from a British museum, authorities said yesterday. Two men and a woman from the West Midlands area have been arrested in connection with the Thursday night theft at Durham University's Oriental Museum, but the items had not yet been recovered, police said.

The northern England-based university confirmed that two "priceless" artifacts were stolen when thieves broke into a ground-floor gallery: a large jade bowl with a Chinese poem written inside that dates back to 1769, and a Dehua porcelain sculpture. "We are extremely upset to have fallen victim to such a serious crime," said the museum curator in a statement. "The two pieces are highly significant in that they are fine examples of artifacts from the Qing Dynasty." Police said they were still trying to locate "several outstanding suspects." The museum will be closed until further notice, the university said. (More Britain stories.)

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