Police have arrested three armed men who allegedly broke into a Greek monastery, tied up four monks, and planned to search for treasure with a mechanical digger, The Orthodox Church Info blog reports today (September 1, 2013).
They were caught today when a friar who avoided capture phoned police before the digging could start at the Greek Orthodox Monastery of St. George near Aliartos, northwest of Athens. It was rebuilt in modern times on medieval ruins.
The four monks who were captured -- along with the mother of one of them -- were not hurt.
Police said four other suspects in the attack are being sought, and quoted the captured suspects as saying they had planned to search for buried coins, not religious artifacts.