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Tuesday, 21 August 2012 - 19:46
The main suspect of the Museum theft identified; Recovered artefacts confirmed as ones stolen from museum
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The artefacts recovered in the Piliyandala area have been confirmed as the artefacts stolen from the Colombo National Museum.

Speaking to our news team a senior spokesperson for the National Museum stated that the authenticity of the artefacts was confirmed following a series of tests conducted at the museum and that further tests will be conducted as well.

These artefacts which included a hilt of a sword and its parts, and a ring with its jewels removed were recovered in the Piliyandala area by the Police based on information received by them.

3 suspects were arrested in connection with the theft and two were women who hailed from the Kelaniya - Gonawela region and the 3rd was a Tri Shaw driver who hailed from the Maligawatta region.

The theft occurred on the 16th of March this year and subsequently the police had questioned 58 individuals in connection with the theft.

In addition the surveillance footage was sent to the University of Colombo for further analysis and the CID questioned the senior officials of the Colombo National Museum as well and subsequently police and army protection was also provided to the museum.

However the police state that the chief suspect Lansage Priyantha Mendis is yet to be apprehended and that a 500,000 rupee reward has been offered for any person who can provide information regarding this suspect.

The police have several hotlines dedicated for the general public to provide information regarding this matter and they are 011 2 441147, 0777 755950 or 0112 662323, 071 7774400.

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