14 men, including four from Cambridgeshire, have been convicted of conspiracy to steal high value artefacts worth
up to £57 million pounds from museums across England.
The gang masterminded a series of raids on museums and auction houses across the UK.
Between November 2011 and April 2012, Chinese artefacts and rhinoceros horns worth millions of pounds were targeted in six incidents – two thefts and an attempted theft from Durham University Oriental Museum, robberies at Norwich Castle Museum in Norfolk and Gorringes Auction House in East Sussex and a burglary at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
Daniel ‘Turkey’ O’Brien, 45, John ‘Kerry’ O’Brien, 26, Michael Hegarty, 43, and Richard ‘Kerry’ O’Brien Junior, 31, all from the Smithy Fen Travellers’ site at Cottenham had links to Rathkeale in Ireland.Yesterday (Monday, February 29) they were found guilty of conspiracy to steal, following an eight-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
They’re all due to be sentenced next month.