The theft of rare medals from a New Zealand museum caused a huge stir in that country. This week charges were filed in the case. -EditorIntrigue surrounded the appearance of two men accused of the burglary of national treasures, including nine Victoria Cross medals, from the Army Museum in Waiouru last December.
The men, a 41-year-old from Te Atatu, Auckland, and a 37-year-old from Waimauku, appeared briefly yesterday in the Auckland District Court on charges of burglary. The younger man also faced 42 unrelated new charges of fraud.
The police's Operation Valour was launched after the December 2 break-in in which 96 medals were stolen. As part of the investigation, a reward of $300,000 was announced and, before the medals' return in February, part of the money was paid out.
Auckland lawyer Chris Comeskey, who negotiated the return of the medals, represented the 41-year-old.
The arrests were announced by Detective Senior Sergeant Chris Bensemann.
To read the complete article, see: Medal charges laid (http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4728490a6009.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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