Gold heisted from Indonesian Museum

Gold artefacts dating from the 8th and 9th centuries have been stolen from a museum in Yogyakarta in Java.

Thieves clean up gold collection
Jakarta Post, 14 August 2010

Precious historic collections from the 8th and 9th centuries — ranging from gold jewelry, gold plates and statues — have vanished from Sonobudoyo Museum in Yogyakarta.

Yogyakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Atang Heradi said Friday his office was investigating Tuesday night’s theft at the museum and had questioned four museum officials, including head curator Martono.

“This case is a challenge for the police. We will thoroughly investigate this case,” he said.

Eighty-seven pieces from the museum’s collections, including gold jewelry and statues, were stolen from three of the museum’s glass display cabinets on Tuesday night.


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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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