A BRITISH man has been arrested in Spain on suspicion of stealing a collection of ancient Roman artefacts from Italy.
The 55-year-old man was arrested in a hotel in Los Palacios y Villa franca, south of Seville, after police conducted a routine security check on guests.
His name came up on a database and showed that an Italian court had issued a warrant for his arrest.
He was in possession of “very valuable collector’s items” for which he was unable to show proof of ownership, a spokeswoman for the Spanish police said.
They included 90 packets of Roman and Arab coins, six clay lamps and a ceramic image of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus. In total, there were around 140 valuable antiques.
Spanish police said their investigation was still ongoing because “the suspect may have accomplices or colleagues helping him in the antiques trade”