September 18, 2020
Some 200 “culturally significant” books including works by Galileo, Sir Isaac Newton and Goya that were stolen in a west London heist have been found buried underground in Romania.
£2.5m Of Books Stolen In ‘Mission Impossible’ Heist Recovered From Underground Romanian Lair
The books were swiped in January 2017 during a burglary in Feltham, which saw thieves cut holes in the roof of the warehouse they were being stored in and abseil down, thus avoiding sensors in a Mission Impossible-style break-in.
They were recovered this week by a joint partnership with the Met and the Romanian National Police.
The books, featuring works from the seventeenth century by Italian astronomer Galileo, Newton, and the eighteenth century Spanish painter Francisco Goya, have a combined value of more than £2.5 million, but are deemed to be of international importance and are considered irreplaceable.
Over the past three years the Met has been working with officers from the Romanian National police and Italian Carabinieri, supported by Europol and Eurojust, on the international operation to recover the books and bring the offenders to justice.
In January 2017 they were being stored in a postal transit warehouse in Feltham waiting to be sent to Las Vegas for a specialist book auction.
Detective Inspector Andy Durham, from Specialist Crime South, said: “This recovery is a perfect end to this operation and is a demonstration of successful joint working between the Met and our European law enforcement partners in Romania and Italy - and at Europol and Eurojust. “These books are extremely valuable, but more importantly they are irreplaceable and are of great importance to international cultural heritage.
“If it wasn’t for the hard work of Detective Constable David Ward and others in this Joint Investigation Team these books would have been sadly lost to the world forever.”
The Met investigation identified the suspects involved were part of a Romanian Organised Crime Group (OCG) that were responsible for high-value warehouse burglaries across the UK.
The OCG flies members into the UK to commit specific offences and then flies them out of the country shortly afterwards, with the stolen property taken out of the country by other OCG members using different transport methods.
The OCG is linked to a number of prominent Romanian crime families who form part of the Clamparu crime group. This group is based in the Iași region in Eastern Romania and have a history of complex and large-scale high value thefts, yet have mainly avoided prosecution by offending outside Romania.
A joint operation with the Romanian National Police and Italian Carabinieri, supported by Europol and Eurojust, has since unearthed another 11 offences in London and across the UK where a further £2 million worth of property has been stolen, generally using the same method of entering through the roof.
This culminated in coordinated arrests and searches of 45 addresses across the UK, Romania and Italy in June 2019.
Thirteen individuals were charged in the UK with conspiring to commit burglaries between December 2016 and April 2019, and to acquire criminal property.
Court proceedings are currently active, with 12 individuals having already pleaded guilty and sentencing is due to take place over four days, beginning on Monday, 28 September.
The thirteenth defendant will tried in March 2021.
Investigations have continued since the coordinated action in June 2019 and this has resulted in the further searches today that have led to the recovery of these books.Related... Brazen Thief Walks Out Of San Francisco Art Gallery With Salvador Dali Etching
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
COVID-Sniffing Dogs Could Screen Passengers in U.S. Airports | TMZ
January 25, 2021
b3vkxpnG2_g
Frontier Airlines Passenger Complains About Sick Passenger and Told He Should Drive | TMZ
January 24, 2021
VC2XrqJX6_8
Mattel Honors Poet Maya Angelou With Barbie Doll | TMZ TV
January 21, 2021
nEnK5Q3VqeY
Queen Victoria Comes for Katie, Cheesy Roleplay & Bro-Zoned - "Nightly Pop" 01/25/21 | E! News
January 26, 2021
rL0W6V7Qc3U
J.Lo Challenge Backfires, Wendy's Fall & Bridgerton Sex Scenes - "Nightly Pop" 01/25/21 | E! News
January 25, 2021
T0icFdpMMVg
"Bling Empire" Star Kelly Mi Li Reveals Relationship Status | E! News
January 25, 2021
dn-agi3giT4
Ioan Gruffudd’s wife, Alice Evans, tweets actor is ‘leaving his family’ | Page Six Celebrity News
January 26, 2021
b1ZuMpCCW70
Disgraced billionaire Steve Wynn lists Beverly Hills mansion for $110M | Page Six Celebrity News
January 26, 2021
ZA_bTZ4SBdY
Elliot Page files for divorce from Emma Portner | Page Six Celebrity News
January 26, 2021
cAyj0v_iL_M
Carey Mulligan & Zendaya on Feminist Rage, 'Promising Young Woman,' ‘Malcolm & Marie’
January 26, 2021
rjjvIOoP0t0
Pete Davidson Tells Glenn Close He Thought She Was British | Actors on Actors
January 25, 2021
z_nLMQyx-nk
Golden Globes: Limited Series & TV Movie -- Who Will Be Nominated?
January 25, 2021
UJ8Ty2uStzs
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
26
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Southampton - Arsenal
26
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Manchester City
26
Jan
ENGLAND: Championship
Bristol City - Huddersfield
26
Jan
ENGLAND: Championship
Millwall - Watford
26
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Newcastle United - Leeds
26
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - West Ham United
25
Jan
SPAIN: La Liga
Athletic Bilbao - Getafe
24
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Schalke - Bayern Munich
24
Jan
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Valencia
24
Jan
SPAIN: La Liga
Elche - Barcelona
24
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Verona - Napoli
24
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Juventus - Bologna
23
Jan
SPAIN: La Liga
Alaves - Real Madrid
23
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Udinese - Inter Milan
23
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Atalanta
23
Jan
ITALY: Serie A
Roma - Spezia
22
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Monchengladbach - Borussia Dortmund
21
Jan
SPAIN: La Liga
Eibar - Atletico Madrid
21
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Liverpool - Burnley
20
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Aston Villa
20
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Augsburg - Bayern Munich
20
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Fulham - Manchester United
19
Jan
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Dortmund
19
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Chelsea
18
Jan
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Newcastle United
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.