For Immediate Release
November 8, 2007
FBI National Press Office
Recovers 15th Century Spanish Maps Stolen from Madrid
FBI today announced the return of two 15th century maps
that were stolen from the Spanish National Library in Madrid,
Spain, earlier this year. The FBI assisted in the recovery
of the maps at the request of the Spanish National Police
and Civil Guard. The two maps, from an edition of Ptolemy's
Geographia, were recovered by a special agent assigned to
the New York FBI's major theft squad and the FBI's Art Crime
Team. Director Robert S. Mueller, III, presented the maps
today to Joan Mesquida Ferrando, Director General of the
Spanish National Police and Civil Guard in a ceremony at
theft of cultural property is a worldwide problem which
the FBI takes very seriously. This type of crime is not
only an offense against an institution, but deprives the
international community of its cultural heritage,"
said Director Mueller. "We are pleased to assist the
Spanish National Police and Civil Guard in returning these
treasures to their rightful owners."
other maps have been recovered by U.K., Australian, and
Argentinean authorities. In total, 11 stolen maps have been
recovered. The value of each of the maps is unknown.
has charged a citizen of Uruguay, Cesar Gomez Rivero, with
the theft. Rivero is considered a fugitive and is believed
to be in South America.
FBI's Art Crime Team, formed in 2004, is a rapid deployment
team consisting of 12 FBI special agents assigned to various
field offices throughout the United States. To date, the
Art Crime Team has recovered more than 850 art and cultural
property items valued at more than $130 million. For additional
information about the Art Crime Team, please visit www.fbi.gov.
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