Stolen Artifacts

Artifacts Stolen from Canadian Church

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Stolen Artifacts | 2 comments

stolen church atrifactPolice in Victoria, British Columbia are investigating a church break in from which thieves were able to escape with precious artifacts.

The cathedral’s dean believes the intruders must have hid inside the chapel while it was being locked up for the night. When the coast was clear, the thieves broke into a display case, taking church items from as early as the 17th century. Among the stolen goods were coins, a golden chalice, and a communion plate.

Officers were notified of the break in at around 10:00pm last night. They searched the area thoroughly, but were unable to turn up any hard evidence or determine a suspect.

As the investigation continues, police ask anyone who has any information to offer aid.

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Stolen Spanish Tapestry Traced to Houston Office

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Stolen Artifacts | 0 comments

A 500-year-old tapestry that was stolen from a Spanish cathedral in 1979 has been returned to Spain.

The beautifully-woven tapestry is known as “Virgin and Saint Vincent” and depicts the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus while flanked by three saints. The four foot by eight foot tapestry was found last July in a Houston-area nonprofit’s offices.  The company is reported to have purchased it for $369,000, but was unaware that the item was hot.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement turned the artifact back over to the Spanish government today in Washington D.C.

After a journey of more than three decades, the tapestry is finally returning to its proper position as an altarpiece in a northeastern Spain cathedral.

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