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More than 400 artefacts stolen from private collection about to be made a museum

More than 400 artefacts stolen from private collection about to be made a museum
  • The Felguera family’s quest to share their private collection has been setback by the theft of hundreds of “priceless items”

The Guardia Civil are investigating the theft of more than 400 historical artefacts from a private collection in Campillos.

For three years the Felguera family have been preparing to open the Campillos Museo del Coleccionista. In fact, Idefonso Felguera had dedicated his life to bringing together pieces from the Visigothic period to the start of the 20th century and was ready to share his collection in what would be a “free and altruistic” tourist attraction for everyone.

However, as Baltasar Felguera told SUR: “Someone, on 22 April, took advantage of the windy conditions to break into the museum and take priceless items.”

Specifically, a collection of 300 coins from several periods, plus around a hundred other items including vases and a Visigothic clasp, preserved in its entirety.

The crime was reported to both the Local Police and the Guardia Civil and it is the latter that is leading the investigation which, for the time being, has not led to any arrests.

“We’ve also warned other museums, as well as other associations in the area, to be on guard,” he said.

Because of the setback, the family has called off the opening which was scheduled for August.