One of the most sacred symbols of Greece, a 700-year-old icon of the Virgin Mary, was stolen on Aug. 18 from a remote monastery 300 km southeast of Athens. Despite an international manhunt, the thieves are still at large. George Gligoris, head of the national police unit that investigates antiquities smuggling, profiles the thieves and explains how he recovers stolen treasures.
Why Byzantine icons?
They're a hot commodity. Only a few are left, so demand is high.
What's the profile of an antiquities thief?
There are three types....