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Greek museums to increase security after thefts
Onlookers and police gather outside the antiquities museum in Ancient Olympia where two masked armed robbers tied up a guard and made off with dozens of artifacts, Olympia, southern Greece, Friday, Feb. 17, 2012. Friday's robbery is the second major museum theft in the past two months in Greece. In January, thieves made off with art works by 20th century masters Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian from the country's National Gallery in central Athens. AP Photo/Dimitris Papaioannou.
ATHENS (AP).- Greece's Culture Ministry says it is taking extra security measures at museums across the country after two major thefts in as many months netted antiquities and paintings by 20th-century masters.

The ministry said Thursday that a task force set up to review security at museums and archaeological sites recommended increasing surveillance at archaeological museums, improving guard training and upgrading closed-circuit TV and fire detection systems.

Last Friday, two armed robbers broke into a museum in ancient Olympia, birthplace of the Olympic Games, making off with 76 bronze and pottery artifacts dating from the 14th to the 4th centuries B.C. and a 3,200-year-old gold ring.

In January, burglars snatched paintings by Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian from the National Gallery in Athens.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.






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