The three thieves came equipped with handheld diggers, a heavy crane and some mighty big plans.
Thieves use a crane to try and steal a 10-ton statue
January 13, 2023 By Washington Post
Their intended target? A 10-foot granite statue of Ramses II — who ruled for 68 years as one of ancient Egypt’s mightiest pharaohs — weighing almost 10 tons, Egyptian officials said.
Prosecutors said that they tried to lift the statue of Ramses II and excavate antiquities in the area in a statement posted on Facebook, announcing that the thieves had been detained by police and the treasure was not removed from the quarry in southern Egypt’s Aswan region.
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