Ekathimerini website reports today that police in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, believe they are on the trail of a gang that has been stealing religious icons and other valuables from monasteries in the area, after arresting a priest who is alleged to have played a major role in the thefts.
The cleric -- who was not named -- was found to be in possession of 48 stolen icons, wood carvings, and various books. It is believed that some of the items were stolen from a monastery in Ioannina last year.
After arresting the priest, officers took another two men into custody.
Officers also searched a monastery in the Pamvotida municipality and the two suspects' homes, where they found more relics, a handgun, and some 500 bullets.