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Olympia theft worse than originally reported

Monday, February 20, 2012
Pedestrians pass outside the headquarters of Bank of Greece in central Athens on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. Greeces Socialist-led parliament is set to pass the 2010 budget at Wednesday midnight, aimed at reducing the countrys high budget deficit by imposing spending cuts along with salary and hiring restraints in the public sector. Greek Prime Minister Papandreou pledged that Greeces debt, which has soared to a staggering 300 billion euros ($442 billion), will begin to be reduced by 2012 at the latest. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Pedestrians pass outside the headquarters of Bank of Greece in central Athens on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009. Greece's Socialist-led parliament is set to pass the 2010 budget at Wednesday midnight, aimed at reducing the country's high budget deficit by imposing spending cuts along with salary and hiring restraints in the public sector. Greek Prime Minister Papandreou pledged that Greece's debt, which has soared to a staggering 300 billion euros ($442 billion), will begin to be reduced by 2012 at the latest. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) (AP Photo)

Police in Greece say 77 artifacts were stolen by armed robbers last week at a small museum in Ancient Olympia - the birthplace of the ancient games - revealing that the extent of the theft was worse than originally reported.

Police and the Culture Ministry had initially estimated that some 65 objects up to 3,200 years old were taken in Friday's raid, when two masked gunmen tied up a museum guard and used a sledgehammer to smash display cabinets at the southern Greek museum.

Most of the items on the list released Monday were bronze and pottery figurines, vases and lamps.

The robbery was the second major art heist in two months after works by 20th-century masters Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian were snatched from Athens' National Gallery.

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