Police intercepted a tomb-raiding ring that was scouring southern and central Italy for priceless treasures. Officers seized 2,298 items including ancient coins, medal, fossils, ceramics and statues in Rome and Naples in addition to 21 towns.
Forty-seven people face charges for the stolen items. Investigators stated that in some cases the tomb raiders used excavators to obtain the buried treasures even though this often led to damaging the delicate, ancient items.
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