Chinese art theft from museum sees two arrests in London

08:14 03 May 2012

Two men were arrested in east London over the theft of a hoard of valuable Chinese art from a museum.

Eighteen jade items “of huge cultural significance” valued at £18m from the Ming and Qing dynasties were stolen in a raid on a Cambridge museum, last month.

An 18-year-old and a 25-year-old were held by police yesterday, following an appeal on the TV show Crimewatch.

In a statement Cambridgeshire Police said: “Officers from Cambridgeshire, along with officers from the Metropolitan Police, carried out two warrants at addresses in London.”

Police refused to say whether items were stolen to order or not. Chinese investors are willing to pay big sums for historical pieces.

Police want to trace a white Volkswagen caddy van believed to have been used by the offenders which was stolen from a street in Tower Hamlets in east London, on April 7.

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