SANTIAGO – Two Mexicans were arrested when they were caught trying to steal priceless Egyptian antiquities from an exhibition in Chile’s capital, police said Sunday.
Jose Garcia Nielsen, 24, and Alberto Tinajo Cazares, 22, were caught attempting to steal the antiquities late Saturday at the Parque Arauco shopping center in Santiago’s Las Condes district, where the Archaeological Treasures of Egypt exhibition is being staged.
Security guards caught the two Mexicans, who will appear before a judge on Sunday, in the act of stealing the artifacts, police said.
The security guards called the Carabineros militarized police force, which arrested the two suspects and recovered the antiquities.
Garcia Nielsen and Tinajo Cazares were turned over to prosecutors, police said.
The Mexicans were apparently stealing the artifacts for a customer abroad, prosecutors said.
The Archaeological Treasures of Egypt exhibition, which features more than 300 items, runs until Oct. 31.
The exhibition includes 3,000-year-old sarcophagi, jewelry, a funeral mask of King Tutankhamun, papyrus and amulets that were buried with the dead to help them on their journey to the netherworld.
The exhibition is being sponsored by the Egyptian Embassy and the Cairo Museum in association with the Chilean Egyptology Society and the National Museum of Natural History.