Police retrieve stolen literary relics

The police have arrested the thief who stole several relics, including a typewriter used by Latvian literary hero Rainis, from a museum last week. 

A 1983-born man was caught on security cameras at the Summer House of Aspazija and Rainis as he was walking away after he pocketing an inkpot and a dip pen that belonged to Jānis Pliekšāns, best known as Rainis, a seminal figure in Latvian letters.

He was staying at a Rīga hostel where an employee tipped off the police after recognizing the man, the State Police said on Facebook.

The relics, worth an estimated €14,000, will be returned to the museum.

Police say the man had a previous criminal record. 

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