Rhino Head Thieves Found Guilty in Court
In this week’s crime blotter, getting to the bottom of a botched British museum heist.
In February 2012 four men were hired to steal a rhino head from Norwich’s Castle Museum. They entered the museum, opened the display case, and ran off with the cumbersome object—only to drop it after being pursued by museum staff.
Police later arrested some of the not-so-savvy robbers. And now, a jury has convicted four of the masterminds behind the foiled stunt, reported The Guardian. They’re the senior leaders of the so-called Rathkeale Rovers, an international organized crime gang named after six of the members’ family village in Ireland. Ten other men had already received guilty verdicts for their roles in a string of museum and auction house heists in 2012.
On the black market, rhino horns can fetch $132,000 a