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Uncommon books value greater than £2.5m stolen from UK found in Romanian countryside

Rare books worth more than £2.5m stolen from UK discovered in Romanian countryside


DOZENS of uncommon books stolen in a warehouse heist have been discovered stashed below the ground of a countryside home.

Works from astronomer Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton and 18th century Spanish painter Francisco Goya have been amongst 200 recovered by police in Romania.

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Some 200 uncommon and useful books found hidden below a home in rural Romania[/caption]

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The books have been stolen from a warehouse in Feltham, west London, three years in the past[/caption]

The gathering, value greater than £2.5million, was taken from a warehouse in Feltham, West London, in 2017, whereas ready to be despatched to Las Vegas for an public sale.

The suspects concerned have been a part of Romanian Mafia group the Clamparu, which was behind a string of warehouse burglaries throughout the UK.

Of 13 charged with conspiring to commit burglaries, 12 have pleaded responsible. The 13th can be tried subsequent yr. 

Detective Inspector Andy Durham, from the Met Police’s Specialist Crime South, stated: “This restoration is an ideal finish to this operation and is an illustration of profitable joint working between the Met and our European legislation enforcement companions in Romania and Italy – and at Europol and Eurojust.


“These books are extraordinarily useful, however extra importantly they’re irreplaceable and are of nice significance to worldwide cultural heritage.

“If it wasn’t for the laborious work of Detective Constable David Ward and others on this Joint Investigation Workforce these books would have been sadly misplaced to the world without end.”

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