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Looted Antiquities Returned with Anonymous Note After 20 Years

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After stealing two 2,000-year-old Roman artifacts 20 years ago, an antiquities thief recently returned them to an Israeli museum with an anonymous note.

The two sling stones left at the Museum of Islamic and Near Eastern Cultures in Beersheba last week will be forwarded to the National Treasures Department of the Israel Antiquities Authority, according to a news release issued Monday by Israel’s Government Press Office.

The typed letter accompanying the two stones said, “These are two Roman ballista balls from Gamla, from a residential quarter at the foot of the summit. I stole them in July 1995 and since then they have brought me nothing but trouble. Please, do not steal antiquities!”

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