Two arrested in Greece after police find golden wreath

Published on June 12th, 2012 | by Sevaan Franks

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Two men, a retired policeman and a house painter, have been arrested on suspicion of antiquities smuggling after police found a golden wreath and an armband in their car.

The suspects were stopped by highway police near the village of Asprovalta, some 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Thessaloniki late Thursday. Officers, who were working on a tip that the house painter might be trafficking in antiquities, found the 4th century B.C. artifacts in a shoebox under the passenger seat.

The wreath was a rare and valuable find, said Nikos Dimitriadis, head of the Thessaloniki police antiquities theft section.

"It is a product of an illegal excavation from a Macedonian grave, according to archaeologists (who examined it)," he said.

[tweetmeme][Full story] Story: Costa Kantouris, AP | Photo: Nikolas Giakoumidis

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