Published on September 10th, 2013 | by Eamon Dillon
UK police target Irish rhino gang in a series of raids
UK police mounted a big operation aimed at suspects behind the theft of £15 million worth of artefacts from museums including rhino horns. Cops arrested 19 people including a number of Irish travellers from Rathkeale, at sites across the UK.
Chief Constable Mick Creedon said: “Today’s operation follows a long and complex pan-European investigation involving officers from 26 police forces and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
“The series of burglaries last year had a profound effect on museums and similar institutions and we are committed to bringing all those who were involved in the conspiracy to justice.
“Many of the stolen Chinese artefacts are still outstanding and a substantial reward remains on offer for information which leads to the safe return of those priceless items.”