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Roman catacombs robbed

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Roman catacombs robbed
Roman catacombs robbed | Photo: Andy Rusch/Flickr

A safe has been stolen from the Roman catacombs. It was located in the director’s office in the Catacombs of Priscilla. The incident took place in the morning.

Important documents belonging to the religious associations that administer the catacombs on behalf of the Vatican were stolen from the safe. The thieves sneaked into the building, breaking the glass doors leading to the catacombs, and then stole the materials. The building does not have any modern security features, therefore the entire procedure was not particularly difficult to perform.

Upon arrival at the scene, the police secured the scene and looked for fingerprints. The purpose of the robbery is not entirely clear. The police determine whether the break-in was aimed specifically at stealing documents from the safe, or it was an accidental robbery aimed at finding valuables.

The Priscilla Catacombs date back to the 2nd century CE. They are located in central Rome, on the Via Salaria. The Catacombs are one of the most important early Christian buildings where several martyrs and no less than seven popes are buried.


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