JBEIL, Lebanon: Thieves broke into an archaeological museum and stole 30 small artifacts in a daring overnight raid in the town of Jbeil Monday, the National News Agency reported.
Local and government officials, including Culture Minister Gaby Layoun, arrived at the museum to inspect the crime scene as a police forensics team began work on extracting fingerprints to identify the perpetrators.
The artifacts were stolen by thieves overnight and were easily carried out of the museum, Layoun said in a statement after visiting Jbeil earlier in the day.
He added that the stolen artifacts held material, historical and emotional value, and expressed hope that police investigations would lead to the thieves’ arrest.
Layoun met with the mayor of Jbeil, Ziad Hawwat, and the qaimaqam of Jbeil, Najwa Soueidan Farah, to discuss the theft and the progress that has been made in the investigations.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on March 19, 2013, on page 4.