The modus operandi It was very risky, but it served to plunder for almost two decades -Between the 80s and 90s- the great archaeological sites of Avila and, in addition, to obtain their professional recognition as supposed patrons and great expert in ancient history. The looter first carried out an archaeological study without authorization to locate the possible findings. If the results were positive, he pillaged the place without hesitation. Subsequently, he made known the discovery "casual" in various specialized media and then made a voluminous patrimonial donation to museums and town halls. The Museum of Ávila, For example, he received more than 5,000 pieces of his, although the most valuable ended at home. Now the Civil Guard has seized 257 jewels, but has not been arrested because a court in Arenas de San Pedro has ruled that possible crimes are prescribed.
The recovered pieces date from the Prehistory to the XV century, and were expelled more than 30 years ago in deposits of the Tiétar valley, mainly. Its economic value is estimated at more than 300,000 euros.
The so-called Operation Fibulas, framed in the "Plan for the Defense of the Spanish Historical Heritage", began during last April following a report that the Junta de Castilla y León delivered to the Seprona of the Civil Guard. After analyzing the study, the agents opened proceedings for a presumed ongoing crime related to the Planning and Urban Planning, the Protection of Historical Heritage and the Environment.
In spite of having prescribed the criminal type, and considering the plundered pieces as Public Domain Goods, the investigators decided to continue with the operation to recover patrimonial works. After several months of inquiries, a medieval seal was located in the middle of the 15th century, which had in its possession the person in whom the investigation was centered, and who would have appropriated it before in some works located next to a hermitage from Avila.
Subsequently, the Civil Guard seized other 256 archaeological pieces, which were in a municipality of the province of Ávila for 18 years. The plunderer had given them to this Consistory, without the Museum of Avila had evidence of the facts. "The exploiter's way of acting consisted in conducting a study of archaeological sites without prior authorization. Later, he published the findings as "casual" in several specialized magazines and thus gained recognition as an expert in the field, "explained from the Civil Guard.
In total, according to research sources, more than 8,000 pieces plundered by the looter have been studied, which come from deposits in Ávila, Soria and Guadalajara. "In the Museum of Avila delivered more than 5,000 pieces, but was left with the most valuable, which never gave an account," said sources related to the case. "An authentic looting that hid with the cover of the donations and disinterested deliveries".
Among the objects seized is a mold of a prehistoric ax, coins with Iberian and Roman legends, 58 ceramics from Terra Sigilata and a medieval stamp. Of that, he never warned.