Ring of antiquities thieves arrested

A ring of antiquities thieves who were digging illegally in the Lower Galilee was caught in a cave in the Beit Keshet Forest, Israel.

Illegal looting of the ancient site (by Israel Antiquities Authority Department for Preventing Robberies)

Officers of the Israel Antiquities Authority Department for Preventing Robberies noticed three suspects digging a cave near the Khirbet Devorah archaeological site. They then ambushed and arrested the suspects, catching two of them digging in a pit and the third sifting dirt and keeping watch, and confiscating digging tools that the group had used. The three suspects, all in their fifties and residents of the northern Arab village of Daburiyya, were arrested and questioned. The findings of the interrogation will be transferred to the Israel Antiquities Authority attorney for the purpose of filing an indictment.

(after Israel Antiquities Authority Department for Preventing Robberies & Arutz Sheva)

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