HSI seizes stolen statues from New York storage facility

28 Jul 2012 12:38 PM | Anonymous

HSI seizes stolen statues from New York storage facility
Stolen statues worth more than $20 million

NEW YORK undefined Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents seized several sandstone and bronze statues. The statues and other cultural artifacts were seized as part of an HSI Cultural Property, Art and Antiquities Program investigation. The seizure is a direct result of international cooperation and exemplifies the successful use of Interpol resources and the willingness of local partners at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office to pursue these difficult and complex investigations.

HSI special agents executed search warrants issued for storage units located in a facility in Manhattan. The storage units allegedly belong to Subhash Kapoor, the owner of Art of the Past Gallery. Along with the search warrant, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office issued an arrest warrant for Kapoor as he possessed stolen property.

HSI special agents seized three Chola period bronzes, which are suspected of having been stolen directly from temples in the Tamil Nadu region of India. These statues include:

A bronze sculpture, depicting Uma Parvati, valued at nearly $2.5 million dollars;
a bronze sculpture depicting Sivagami Amman; and
a bronze sculpture depicting Murugan.

http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1207/120726newyork2.htm

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