French Prosecutors Seek Sentences of up to Seven Years for Hungarian Map Thieves

“A New Map of Ancient Gaul or or Gallia Transalpina,” from David Rumsey Map Collection

Yesterday, prosecutors in France announced that they are seeking sentences of up to seven years for seven suspects who devised a scheme to steal rare and antique maps from libraries across France. The suspects are reportedly Hungarian nationals who cut the maps out of atlases during visits to libraries from 2011-2013. Over 100 maps, including several with stamps of the Toulouse Library, were found by Hungarian customs officers when they inspected the car of Andras Katona, one of the suspects. The total value of the crime is estimated to be four million Euros. For more information about this case, read this article from Expatica or this French-language article from Ouest-France.

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