Cambridgeshire Police have confirmed that two male suspects, one aged 28 and the other aged 15 have been arrested by officers investigating the theft of ‘priceless’ Chinese jade artifacts from the Fitzwilliam Museum on Friday 13th April.
Officers from Cambridgeshire Police, alongside colleagues from the Metropolitan Police, made the arrests at addresses in London.
The theft was featured on BBC TV’s Crimewatch programme last night.
As reported in Cambridge Student last Thursday, the theft was understood to have involved four people, who broke in through the rear of the Museum and found their way to Room 28, the Arts of the Far East permanent exhibition. Despite tripping the silent alarm, the thieves had made off with items valued at £10 million, before the university security arrived on the scene. The alarm was not set up to directly inform the police, who were contacted subsequently. Cambridgeshire Constabulary had set up a 28-officer taskforce, Operation Tundra, led by Detective Chief Superintendent Karen Daber to deal with the incident, and in addition today’s arrests police are understood to be searching a number of other addresses in London.
Further updates to follow.