Belfast Telegraph

Buddha statues stolen in armed raid

Two valuable Buddha statues have been stolen from a museum by a gang armed with a baseball bat.

Three men smashed the glass cabinet containing the figurines at the Ulster Folk Museum at Cultra outside Belfast in the daytime raid.

A museum spokeswoman said one of the ornate statues was wooden and the other gilded metal. They date from the mid- to late 19th century, she added.

The men drove up to the museum in a black Audi car just before midday on Tuesday and carried out the robbery.

No one was injured in the incident. The men made off in the direction of Belfast.

Detectives said they were releasing images of the stolen artefacts in a bid to prevent the thieves offering them for sale and to ensure their safe return to the museum.

One of the men involved is described as wearing blue jeans, black hat, dark navy jacket and black trainers.

The second was wearing a dark jacket, cream tracksuit bottoms with a blue stripe down the leg, light coloured trainers and a black hat.

The third man was described as wearing a dark navy jacket with a white line across the chest, black bottoms, grey trainers and a green beanie style hat with a green and blue stripe.

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact officers on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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