Police recover stolen artifact worth $1.2 million

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CTV Montreal: Art theft suspect nabbed in Edmonton
Police are on the trail of a man who stole two pieces from the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
Police have recovered a Persian artifact stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in 2011.

The recovered piece, valued at $1.2 million, is an Assyrian bas-relief carving, which dates back to the 5th century BC.

Surete du Quebec spokeswoman Sgt. Joyce Kemp said the artifact was found in an Edmonton home. “We know that the person purchased it for a price really inferior to what is the real value of the artifact,” she said at a news conference on Thursday.

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Artifacts stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine
An artifact that was stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and has since been recovered, is seen in this photo.

CTV Montreal: Art theft suspect nabbed in Edmonton
An artifact that was stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and that remains missing, is seen in this photo.

Quebec’s provincial police would not identify the person who was arrested in the case, but said that the man who was at the home where the artifact was found, will be appearing in court in March.

Police say the person suspected of stealing the artifact is still at large.

Another piece of art, described as a marble carving from the Roman Empire, which was also stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is still missing. The artifact is worth about $40,000.

A specialized team of investigators, composed of the SQ and the RCMP, worked to retrieve the missing artifact. They say they were led to Edmonton after receiving tips from the public.

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