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The Civil Guard surprises two presumed plunderers in an archaeological site in Mula (23/11/2018)

They are attributed the alleged authorship of crime over the historical heritage

The SEPRONA has recovered a hundred pieces plundered by those investigated at the Los Ojos / El Abardinar

It is a high-imperial Roman archaeological site dating from the 1st to 3rd century AD.


The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia has developed the operation 'Imperial', framed in the 'Plan for the Defense of the Spanish Historical Heritage', which has been settled with the investigation of two people who were caught spoliting the archaeological site of Los Ojos / El Abardinar, municipal area of ​​Mula, for which they have been instructed to investigate alleged crimes against the historical heritage.

The operation has been developed thanks to citizen collaboration, since the emergency telephone number of the Benemérita 062 was alerted to the presence of two people in an attitude suspected of being plundered in a plot in the rural district of Fuente Librilla.

Faced with the possibility of an imminent plundering of the site, a patrol from the Nature Protection Service (SEPRONA) was notified to move to the place indicated by the citizen and verify the possible commission of a criminal act.

Once in place, the civil guards of the Nature Protection Patrol detected the presence of two people who were inside a plot and that both were using a metal detector and a pickax with which they would have made different surface surveys on the ground, presumably in search of objects of archaeological value.

The agents identified the suspects and made a superficial search of them that allowed them to find, among their belongings, three coins and two metallic objects of archaeological value.

Then an exhaustive inspection of the vehicle in which they had moved to the place was made and found the interior of it, hidden under one of the seats, a bag containing about a hundred metal pieces of equal archaeological value.

The place where the two were investigated is a high Imperial Roman archaeological site, called Los Ojos / El Abardinar and dated from the 1st to 3rd century AD.

C., which is located in the municipality of Mula.

During the development of the operation, the SEPRONA has also been able to verify that one of those now investigated has a history of committing the same criminal acts, having been investigated last year for finding archaeological pieces with metal detectors in a Roman site cataloged in the municipality of Caravaca de la Cruz.

The Civil Guards have seized two metal detectors and two pickaxes.

They have also recovered a hundred pieces of high archaeological value, which have been placed at the disposal of the judicial authority and delivered to the Ministry of Tourism and Culture of the CARM.

Crime over historical heritage

SEPRONA agents have investigated the two suspects, who have been instructed proceedings as alleged perpetrators of crime on historical heritage, which is included in the Criminal Code, which punishes with imprisonment from six months to three years or a fine of twelve to twenty-four months that causes damage to property of historical, artistic, scientific, cultural or monumental value, or in archaeological, terrestrial or underwater sites.

With the same penalty will be punished the acts of plunder in the latter.

The Civil Guard has counted on the collaboration of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, General Directorate of Cultural Assets, of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia (CARM).

The investigated, the recovered effects and the diligences instructed have been made available to the Juzgado de Instrucción de Mula (Murcia).

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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