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Bethlehem police arrest man for suspected antiquities theft

Aug. 14, 2009 12:34 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 14, 2009 8:25 P.M.)
Bethlehem – Ma’an – Palestinian tourism and antiques police seized advanced metal detecting equipment they say was used to unearth priceless artifacts in the Bethlehem area, the department said Friday.

A Bethlehem native was arrested and the machines seized following a home raid conducted by police following long-term investigations of the accused. His file has been handed over to local prosecution, police said.

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