Criminal gang convicted of stealing antiquities and rhino horn from UK museums

01 Mar 2016 8:55 AM | Anonymous

Criminal gang convicted of stealing antiquities and rhino horn from UK museums

The international burglary ring targeted objects for a growing Chinese black market

by Martin Bailey  |  1 March 2016

Fourteen men have been convicted for their roles in a criminal ring that targeted museums and auction houses across the UK, including the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the Oriental Museum in Durham. The thefts and robberies involved Chinese antiquities and rhinoceros horn (valued by some for its supposed medicinal power), worth up to £57m.

On 29 February, four Cambridgeshire men, all part of the same family, were found guilty of conspiracy to steal: Daniel “Turkey” O’Brien, John “Kerry” O’Brien, Richard “Kerry” O’Brien Jr and Michael Hegarty. They have links with Rathkeale, in County Limerick, Ireland and are part of a group known as the Rathkeale Rovers or the Dead Zoo Gang. The prosecution described them as the “generals” who worked behind the scenes, organising an international gang of criminals that stole the objects for a growing Chinese black market.  

http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/criminal-gang-convicted-of-stealing-antiquities-and-rhino-horn-from-uk-museums/

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