Gold coins worth $52.500 replaced with spanners when transporting to State Depository for Precious Metals
The substitution was revealed when the staff of the institution opened the box.
When transporting a particularly valuable cargo to State Depository for Precious Metals, gold coins of the Russian Empire worth 3.5 million rubles ($52.500) were stolen, the Investigative Committee’s website reports.
The coins were discovered by a Kursk resident while repairing his house – the treasure was hidden under the floor. All 260 coins made in the 19 - the beginning of the 20 century were seized from the man and placed in the evidence room in the police station.
From there, the treasure was sent to Moscow, but the Depository’s employees found three spanners and a stapler in the sealed box.
A criminal case was instituted under part 1 of Article 164 CCRF (Theft of items of historical, scientific, artistic or cultural value, regardless of the method of theft).