Bulgarian Police Bust Illegal Treasure Hunting Group

Crime | September 2, 2010, Thursday // 13:00|  views

A police raid in the Danube city of Vidin found metal detectors inside the house of an alleged illegal treasure hunter. Photo by BGNES

Employees of Bulgaria's Unit for Combating Organized Crime (GDBOP) busted a group of illegal treasure hunters, the Interior Ministry press office informs Thursday.

The group was acting in the area of the antique settlement in the vicinity of the village of Koshava near the northwestern Danube city of Vidin and dealt with illegal archeology digs and illegal trading of antiques.

The special operation was carried out Wednesday and three men, 39, 42 and 44, were arrested.

The raid at their residencies in Vidin discovered 26 coins dating form the time of the Ottoman Empire and from Antiquity, antique bronze vessels, metal detectors and an illegal gas pistol.

The seized objects are examined by experts and the probe in the case continues.

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Tags: GDBOP, illegal antiques trade, treasure hunters, antique settlement, coins, Koshava


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