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Armed robbery at Ancient Olympia museum in Greece


An armed robbery took place at a museum in Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, from where dozens of artefacts have been stolen, Greek officials say.

Local mayor Thymios Kotzias told media two masked men had broken into the museum after overpowering the sole guard, a woman.

Thymios Kotzias said items of “incalculable” value had been stolen, but gave no details.

Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos has tendered his resignation, state television reported.


An armed robbery took place at a museum in Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, from where dozens of artefacts have been stolen

An armed robbery took place at a museum in Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, from where dozens of artefacts have been stolen

Officials say the thieves broke into the museum early on Friday, smashed glass displays and took about 60 items – mostly bronze and clay statuettes.

Ancient Olympia, in Western Greece, is regarded as one of the most important cultural sites in the country.

Thymios Kotzias was quoted by AFP as saying: “There were two of them, and they had a gun.

“They immobilized the guard as the shift changed at 7:00 a.m., having previously knocked out the alarm.”

“We must wait and see what the local archaeology supervisor will say, but the items were of incalculable value,” Thymios Kotzias added.