Tomb raiders nabbed in Beijing

August 21, 2009 12:00 am

, BEIJING, Aug 21 – Police in Beijing have detained 11 suspected tomb raiders who ransacked up to 50 graves in the Chinese capital, most of them dating back to the Qing dynasty, state media said on Friday.

Police said the suspects, all construction workers, were found in possession of coins, amber beads, snuff bottles and other artefacts from the Qing dynasty (1664-1911), the Beijing Youth Daily said.

The suspects were believed to have sold most of the stash on the black market, with one man confessing that he had sold a snuff bottle for 12,000 yuan (1,760 dollars), it said.

Experts said that most of the tombs were family grave sites and were damaged beyond repair during the thefts, the report said.


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