Shortage of Museum Guards in Greece Results in Another Theft

Posted on February 23, 2012


Armed robbers broke into the Museum of the History of the Olympic Games in Antiquity last Friday, stealing more than 60 items by breaking the glass of the display cabinets. The men entered the building and demanded that a female employee retrieve numerous objects. After the employee refused to retrieve the objects, she was tied up and gagged. Already having disabled the alarms, the men overpowered a guard during a shift change.

According to Mayor Thymios Kotzias, the various objects that were stolen are of incalculable value, although they await the local archaeology supervisors to survey the damage. Some artifacts that were not stolen were also damaged when their display cases were smashed. In response to budget cuts imposed by the government of Greece, there is a deficit of approximately museum 1,500 guards nationwide.

Read the full article Thieves loot Greece’s Ancient Olympia museum.

Thanks to Kristina Bauer for her contribution of this post.

UPDATE: Derrick Fincham has more details on Illicit Cultural Property.