C $ 4.2 million stolen books found hidden under Romanian house

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TORONTO – Books written by historical figures including Galileo and Sir Isaac Newton were among hundreds of stolen documents found under a house in Romania. Around £ 200, worth around £ 2.5million (C $ 4.2million), were found hidden under a house in Neamt, Romania, London Metropolitan Police said on Friday.

“The books, which include 17th century works by Italian astronomer Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton, and 18th century Spanish painter Francisco Goya, have a combined value of over £ 2.5million, but are on trial of international importance and are considered irreplaceable, ”a statement read.

In January 2017, the books were stolen from storage in a west London warehouse where they were being prepared for shipment to Las Vegas for a book auction.

The suspects reportedly broke into the warehouse, cutting a hole in the roof and rappelling down to retrieve the books, while avoiding the sensors.

Romanian police discovered the books on Wednesday after a three-year joint mission between the London Specialist Crime South Unit, the Romanian National Police and Italian riflemen.

Police in London said the suspects were part of a Romanian organized criminal group responsible for several warehouse break-ins in the UK.

The ongoing operation between these European police services has revealed 11 more incidents in London and across the UK where £ 2million (C $ 4million) of property was stolen, similar to the burglary. of 2017. So far, 13 people have been charged in the UK with conspiracy to commit burglaries between December 2016 and April 2019, of whom 12 have pleaded guilty.

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