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Museum burglary main suspect further remanded


The main suspect in the theft of artefacts from the National Museum in Colombo was yesterday ordered to be further remanded till April 25 by Colombo Additional Magistrate Aruni Atygala.

The CID conducting investigations arrested Lansage Priyantha Mendis alias Kan Getta in connection

with the incident and produced him in Court through prison authorities.

The burglary at the National Museum took place on March 17, 2012. The CID arrested eight suspects in connection with the incident.

Seven other suspects are currently out on bail.

The CID yesterday informed the Colombo Additional Magistrate that they were yet to receive the Attorney General's advice on the burglary. Police recovered 13 ancient notes, five gold coins, a silver coin and two pieces of gold in the fourth suspect's possession.

The most precious item of the looted stash, a gemstone studded ring of King Dutugemunu was found in the possession of one of the suspects.

A sword, a hilt of a knife and two coverings of a walking stick of Nugewala Adikaram were found in the suspect's possession. 

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