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Artifacts Collection Seized From Indiana Home

Thursday, April 03, 2014

WALDRON, INDIANA—The FBI art crime team has seized a collection of thousands of artifacts from a 91-year-old man living in rural Indiana. The collection, which was housed in the man’s home and in several outbuildings, includes items from China, Russia, Peru, Haiti, Australia, and New Guinea, in addition to Native American artifacts. “I have never seen a collection like this in my life except in some of the largest museums,” Larry Zimmerman of Indiana University-Perdue University Indianapolis told USA Today. The FBI and other researchers will try to determine if the artifacts were obtained legally.