Monday, May 14, 2012

New Update on Theft of Chinese Artifacts from The Fitzwilliam

All from BBC News.  Very smart - news, even insignificant seeming, was being released nearly daily and reported by BBC to keep the theft present in the minds of the public.
Some of the beautiful jade objects stolen from the Fitzwilliam,
used several times to illustrate headlines in the BBC News reports/udates.

The white Cadillac van that, despite intensive searches,
has not been found since the date of the Fitzwilliam theft.

April 28, 2012
Fitzwilliam Museum £18m theft: Appeal posters and hotline set up

April 30, 2012
Fitzwilliam theft: Museum appeals for return of art

May 1, 2012
Fitzwilliam Museum theft: New CCTV images released

May 2, 2012
Fitzwilliam Museum Chinese art theft: Two held in London
Detectives investigating the theft of Chinese art from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge have arrested two people.

A 28-year-old man and 15-year-old boy were arrested earlier at addresses in east London by officers from Cambridgeshire and the Metropolitan Police.

A number of other addresses in London are being searched.

May 4, 2012
Fitzwilliam Museum steps up security for Chinese art show
(I thought this was rather funny!)

May 8, 2012
Fitzwilliam Museum Chinese art theft: Third arrest
A 31-year-old man from London is the third person to be arrested in connection with a burglary at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.

Police investigating the raid at the museum said the man had been arrested on suspicion of money laundering.

May 9, 2012
Fitzwilliam Museum Chinese art theft: Third man bailed
Of note was the increase of the estimated value of the stolen objects: now from between 18-40 million pounds. 

May 11, 2012
Fitzwilliam Museum theft: New CCTV images of white van

That is up to the most recent.  Not much.  The reports are brief, certainly not like U.S. press reports would be on such a sensational crime!  We only know the ages of the arrested suspects, not their names.  Since I did not see an article reporting that the two people (one a minor) arrested on May 2, 2012 have not "been bailed," I assume they are still in custody.  The third person arrested was "bailed" - and what, exactly, does money laundering have to do with these thefts?

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