Beijing police recover six pieces of art stolen from Palace Museum
Police authorities, however, did not say how many pieces remain missing and how they recovered the lost relics that had been loaned to the Palace Museum by Hong Kong’s private Liang Yi Museum.
Fu Zhenghua, director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, cited the museum’s support and the police’s application of “advanced technologies” as reasons for a fast recovery of the stolen pieces.
Police had previously detained a male suspect, 28, in a suburban Beijing Internet cafe. Shi Baikui, a native of east China’s Shandong Province, is suspected of breaking into the heavily-guarded Forbidden City museum to steal the relics, mostly Western-style make-up cases encrusted with jewels, on May 9.
Shi confessed to the theft during police interrogations, officials said.