Museum robbed in Latvia
Feb 23, 2009
RIGA- A museum in Vainode, Latvia has been robbed of several valuable artifacts.
The museum’s head Alda Pruse told BNS that the thief took several items donated by former victims of the Stalin regime, a firefighter’s helmet, old photo cameras, and a pair of binoculars from World War I.
An old Bible and a 90-year old bear-shaped bottle are also among the exhibits that have disappeared from the museum.
The total loss is estimated at thousands of lats (euros).
“Luckily, the thief has not stolen historical documents that are of national value. But the exhibits, some of which are unique at the national level, are still unprotected, as the museum has no security that would prevent thieves from burgling it. We have repeatedly asked the local authority to bar windows and doors, but there has been no action so far,” Pruse said.
The museum in Vainode is located in an old railway station building.