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Thieves use a crane to try and steal a 10-ton statue

January 13, 2023  By Washington Post

The three thieves came equipped with handheld diggers, a heavy crane and some mighty big plans.

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.

(Washington Post)


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