Masked raiders steal rhino heads from Dublin museum

 

Thursday 18 April 2013 19:28 BST
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The four rhinoceros heads, worth about £428,000 each, have been stolen from museum storage in Ireland
The four rhinoceros heads, worth about £428,000 each, have been stolen from museum storage in Ireland

Four rhino heads with horns worth a total of £428,000 if sold to make Chinese medicine, were stolen from a museum's archives.

Three masked men broke into the National Museum Archives in north Dublin on Wednesday night and tied up a security guard before making off with eight horns.

The 100-year-old horns had been placed in storage after a spate of similar thefts from museums and private collections in Europe. Powdered horn is used for medicine in China and Vietnam, although it has no medical value.

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