Arrests over antiquity stash

Four people who tried to sell a collection of some 170 illegally excavated antiquities to an undercover officer have been arrested, police in Larissa, central Greece, said yesterday. Officers had been alerted to the fact that someone in Larissa was interested in selling a collection of artifacts for 200,000 euros. The three men and one woman set up a meeting with the undercover officer from the Attica police force after he expressed an interest in buying the antiquities, which included bronze helmets, coins and statues. Authorities did not say exactly how old the antiquities are but it is believed they are from the Classical period as they were dug up near the village of Pelasgia, where a settlement is known to have existed around the 4th-5th century BC until the early Byzantine era.