The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation

09/01/2017 | Press release | Archived content

Man suspected of stealing veteran's orders and medals was detained by police in Novorossiysk

'The Novorossiysk police received a complaint from a local about disappearance from his house of the orders, medals and award pins of a participant in the Great Patriotic War. The complainant explained to the policemen who arrived at the scene that the awards had disappeared after leaving of a young man who had presented himself as a reporter of a local newspaper,' said the Russian MIA official representative Irina Volk.

As a result of the investigation and search measures, criminal investigation officers apprehended a 29-year old unemployed resident of the Tula Region as he attempted to sell the stolen medals in a local pawnshop.

In the police division, the detainee admitted his guilt and explained that he had visited the victim several times posing as a reporter of a well-known newspaper. During the conversation with the veteran, he learnt about the place where the medals and orders were kept and stole them when the owner had gone out of the room, after which he fled the scene.

The Investigation Division of the Police Division of the Primorsky District of the Russian MIA Administration for Novorossiysk initiated a criminal case against the suspect based on essential elements of a crime stipulated by Part 2 Article 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The police returned the stolen awards to their legitimate owner.

By now, the man has been remanded in custody.