The Hague, September 19
Police in Romania have uncovered a trove of “irreplaceable” books, together with first editions of works by Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton that have been stolen in a classy 2017 heist from a warehouse in London, police and the European Union’s judicial cooperation company mentioned Friday.
The stash of some 200 uncommon and invaluable books was found Wednesday hidden in a hid area underneath a home in rural Romania.
London’s Met Police mentioned in an announcement that the recovered books have a mixed worth of greater than 2.5 million kilos ($3.2 million).
“These books are extraordinarily invaluable, however extra importantly they’re irreplaceable and are of nice significance to worldwide cultural heritage,” Detective Inspector Andy Durham mentioned in an announcement.
The books have been stolen in a raid on a warehouse in west London. Burglars minimize holes within the roof and abseiled down into the constructing to keep away from movement detectors, loaded the books into 16 massive baggage and clambered again up the ropes to make their getaway by way of the roof, police mentioned.
A joint investigation involving police from London, Romania and the Carabinieri in Italy, supported by EU companies Europol and Eurojust in The Hague, recognized 11 related burglaries throughout Britain, that netted some 2 million kilos price of stolen property.
The Met Police mentioned a Romanian organised crime gang was accountable.
The probe led to a collection of raids within the three nations in June 2019 and the arrest of 13 suspects who have been charged within the UK with involvement within the burglaries.
The Met mentioned that 12 suspects have pleaded responsible and can face sentencing hearings beginning later this month. The 13th suspect is scheduled to go on trial in March. AP