Three men, two 56 years old and 35 years old, were arrested by the Kilkis police for trying to sell antiquities for 40,000 euros.
According to the initial assessment of the artifact by the staff of the archaeological service, the figurine falls under the provisions of the legislation for the Protection and Protection of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage.
The ancient artifact depicts the deity of Greek mythology Trimorphi Ekati (Τρίμορφη Εκάτη) and dates back to the 2nd – 3rd centuries AD.
During operational activities, the police detained two men who arrived in the afternoon of June 25 in the western region of Thessaloniki. The arrest took place while trying to sell an ancient statuette 33 cm high, 16 cm wide and weighing about 10 kilograms.
Police investigation revealed that they received antiquity from a 35-year-old acquaintance (Pella district) in order to continue the sale and purchase. The young man was also found and arrested.
All three citizens are prosecuted on charges of creating a criminal group and violation of legislation on the protection of ancient monuments and cultural heritage in general…
The ancient figurine will be sent to the Ephorat of Antiquities of Kilkis for further evaluation. The police confiscated a motorcycle belonging to one of the arrested in the context of “a vehicle carrying an ancient statuette”, i.e. with which the crime was committed.
The arrested were taken to the prosecutor’s office of the first instance court of Thessaloniki.