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Major robbery at ancient Olympia museum in Greece (VIDEO)


The main hall of the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, in Greece.



Dozens of artifacts from the antiquities museum in ancient Olympia — the birthplace of the Olympics — were today stolen by armed robbers, the BBC reported.

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Two masked men broke into the Archaeological Museum of Olympia after overpowering the only person guarding the museum, and tying him up, local mayor Thymios Kotzias told the media.

It is unclear exactly how many artifacts were stolen when the robbers smashed display cases before fleeing, but museum authorities put the number at about 60, the Associated Press reported.

The flame for the London 2012 Olympics is due to be lit at the museum during a ceremony on May 10.

State television reported that Greece's Culture Minister, Pavlos Geroulanos, immediately resigned following the theft.

Here's a video on the robbery:

Birthplace of Olympics Looted by Armed Robbers
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The incident follows another major robbery in January, when art works by 20th century painters Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian were stolen from the National Gallery in Athens, along with an ink drawing by Italian 16th century painter Guglielmo Caccia.

No arrests have been made.