FBI Investigating Hundreds of Missing and Stolen Items from British Museum: Report

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The FBI is investigating the sale of hundreds of items purchased on eBay suspected to be stolen and missing artifacts from the British Museum, according to a new report published by BBC News.

The law enforcement agency assisted the Metropolitan Police with the recent return of 268 items from a collector in Washington, DC. The FBI also contacted a buyer in New Orleans by requesting information via email about two items purchased on eBay.

The email from the FBI agent said they were assisting the Metropolitan Police in its investigation over the British Museum’s missing, stolen, and damaged items. The buyer, Tonio Birbiglia, told the BBC that he bought the two gems from the same eBay account later identified by whistleblower Ittai Gradel as selling items from the British Museum’s collection for as little as $51.

Birbiglia told the BBC that he paid £42 for an amethyst gem depicting Cupid in May 2016, and later purchased an orange scarab-beetle gem for £170.

The BBC reported that neither the FBI, the British Museum, nor British police request further info...


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FBI Investigating Hundreds of Missing and Stolen Items from British Museum: Report