Rewards offered for Palace Museum stolen relics

09:03, May 18, 2011      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Rewards are being offered for anyone who returns missing relics stolen from the Palace Museum on May 8 or provides tips on their whereabouts, Beijing Police announced at a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

Police have recovered six stolen relics and returned them to the museum, but three pieces remain missing, according to the spokesman for the Beijing municipal police.

The amount of reward has yet to be decided as authorities have yet to pinpoint the value of the missing pieces, the spokesman said.

Shi Baikui, a 28-year-old man from East China's Shandong province, was apprehended by police on May 11 at an Internet cafe in Beijing's Fengtai District, 58 hours after the relics were stolen.

Police say he has confessed to the theft.

Shi entered the museum as a visitor on May 8 and then hid himself inside and waited until closing time, according to police. He then broke a window on the northern side of the exhibition hall to gain entry and proceeded to steal relics.

Police say Shi said he wanted to sell the relics to a store in Beijing but was turned away because the store owner said the pieces were fake. He then ditched the relics.

Police found five of the pieces in the woods in Haidian district.Another piece was returned by a man surnamed Yang.

The pieces were on loan from Hong Kong-based Liang Yi Museum and being exhibited in the Chengsu Hall of the Palace Museum. A spokesman with the Palace Museum offered an apology to Liang Yi Museum on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua
BRICS Leaders Meeting 2011
Japan in aftershocks
  Weekly review  
May 12   No winners in U.S. hi-tech export controls
May 12   China should view livelihood issues from strategic perspective
May 11   Syria will not be another Libya
May 06   Beijing-Shanghai high-speed railway to launch 10-day trial run
May 14   The week in pictures
May 11   2000-year-old wine unearthed in Henan province
May 11   Scientist: China plans to build lunar research base
May 09   Apple employee, customer reach settlement after Beijing iPad brawl
May 12   Wenchuan Reconstruction: 'Chinese miracle' impresses world
May 12   No winners in U.S. hi-tech export controls


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • 3rd Anniversary Of Wenchuan Earthquake
  • Third China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Police hands over six pieces of art stolen from Palace Museum
  • High temperature hits parts of China
  • New life of Lhoba ethnic group in Tibet
  • Prints of fairytales exhibited in Moscow museum
  • New Barca jersey with QF name unveiled
  • Top Chinese, U.S. officers meet in Washington
Hot Forum Dicussion