Egyptian prosecutors launch investigation into theft from Agricultural Museum

Ahram Online , Thursday 28 Dec 2017

Agricultural museum
Photo from Agricultural museum (Photo: Al-Ahram)

A public funds prosecution office in Giza launched an investigation on Wednesday into the theft of several items from Egypt's Agricultural Museum, Al-Ahram Arabic website reported.

According to preliminary investigations, the museum, located in the Dokki district in Giza, was burgled by thieves who stole six ancient objects from the museum's valuable collection.

The prosecutors ordered that the CCTV from the museum and the surrounding area be checked in order to identify the thieves.

The theft was discovered when a committee assigned to conduct an inventory of the museum's contents found that six items from the ancient Egyptian agricultural section were missing.

In June 2014, a group of thieves managed to steal the skeleton of a rare rhino after breaking into the museum through a window.

Inaugurated in 1930, the Agricultural Museum is considered the first of its kind in Africa and the Middle East, dedicated to the history of agriculture in Egypt and its role in the development of ancient Egyptian civilization.

It is among the biggest museums in Egypt, boasting artifacts from pre-dynastic Egypt. It has been closed to the public for the past six months while it undergoes restoration.

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