STOLEN PIG’S TUSK RETURNED TO VANUATU MUSEUM

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STOLEN PIG’S TUSK RETURNED TO VANUATU MUSEUM

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Sept. 28) – A rare, two-circled pig’s tusk that belonged to Queen Elizabeth II of England has been returned to the Vanuatu Cultural Center after it was stolen.

The tusk was returned to the museum by the operator of a duty free shop who said he had bought the item from a short Malekula man for vt13,000 (US$115).

The shop owner said that, as many people are selling pigs tusks around town, he had no idea it was stolen until he saw the story and photo of the pigs tusk that had been stolen in this newspaper.

The Cultural Center now believes that it was removed to take a photograph and was not put back properly.

The theft of the item a couple of weeks ago means that the Cultural Center has no idea it was missing for a week because they were under the assumption that it was being photographed.

The Cultural center received a phone call on Saturday by the shop owner who was concerned after finding out it had been stolen.

The Cultural center advised that police are looking for a suspect from Malekula and have expressed their thanks to the newspaper, the shop owner and Friends of the Museum

September 29, 2004

Vanuatu Daily Post: http://www.vanuatudaily.com/

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