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Priceless ivories stolen a second time, recovered in Myanmar

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A pair of priceless, centuries old engraved ivory tusks was stolen from a local hermitage of the Ban Loy Tong Ku hill tribe village in the Umphang District Isaan’s Tak province last night. Locals residents reported the incident to the Border Patrol Police after they reportedly saw the 2 thieves riding a motorcycle and heading towards the Thai-Myanmar border. The same pair was stolen in June 2017, but was recovered.

Border Patrol Police Patrol Platoon 3471 investigated the scene and asked officials across the border, including the Burmese authorities and the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army for cooperation.

The suspects, who were not named, were arrested at Ban Jai Dung village in Myawaddy this morning, following the investigation by officers of the DKBA. The DKBA announced the stolen ivories were found at the suspects’ place of residence and were being reurned to Thailand.

Priceless ivories stolen a second time, recovered in Myanmar | News by Thaiger Priceless ivories stolen a second time, recovered in Myanmar | News by Thaiger

SOURCES: The Pattaya News | today.line.me

 

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10:30 pm

    To have them stolen once is bad luck, but twice!
    However I see they were up against an international criminal organisation, run by a criminal mastermind.
    There his henchman go down the dirt track with the priceless ivory between passenger and driver.
    I wonder how long the intricate planning took to perfect this audacious heist.
    Or did two farmhands wandering into the ivory store and find the guard having an afternoon nap?

    lol

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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