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Roman statue that was stolen for almost a decade was found in an antique shop

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A Roman statue dating back to the First Century BC has been recovered, nearly a decade after it was stolen from an archeological location in Italy. Two Italian officers came across the sculpture of a headless figure wearing a robe at an antique shop in Belgium.

Suspicious of its roots, they looked at a database of stolen artifacts and found the "Togatus" statue had been lost since 2011. The two officers, who work for the relics division of the Carabinieri military police, were in the Belgian capital Brussels for a separate investigation earlier this year.

After work one evening, they made their way to the city's Sablon district, which is well known for its antique shops. This is where they came over the marble figure.

An investigation affirmed the statue had been stolen from the Villa Marini Dettina location on the outskirts of Rome in November 2011. It was seized by Belgian specialists and has presently been returned to Italy, the government in Rome has declared.

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