Thursday 13 December 2018

Thieves 'savour' takeaways out of lunch box worth €2m

 

The men fled to Mumbai, but failed to find a buyer and were arrested on Tuesday. Stock photo
The men fled to Mumbai, but failed to find a buyer and were arrested on Tuesday. Stock photo

Rahul Bedi

Two thieves who stole an antique diamond and ruby-studded solid gold lunch box worth more than €2m from a museum in southern India ate like royalty out of it for days before being arrested earlier this week, police said.

The men would order takeaways, empty the food into the majestic three-tier lunch box that they had pilfered from the Nizam Museum in Hyderabad on September 2, and "savour each meal they consumed", according to officials.

Police also recovered a golden teacup and saucer studded with rubies and emeralds and a golden spoon, with a combined worth of €5m, that were also stolen.

The relics belonged to the former Nizam or ruler of Hyderabad state, considered one of the world's richest men in the early 20th century.

The men fled to Mumbai, but failed to find a buyer and were arrested on Tuesday.

Irish Independent

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