‘It’s a nightmare’: Antique mailbox thieves in Italy’s Lombardy region steal priceless items

Antique mirror and mailbox thieves from Italy’s north-west have stolen priceless items from a historic cemetery and turned them into an illicit market.

The thieves have set up makeshift markets selling items from the graveyard to tourists and collectors, the Lombardy regional government said on Wednesday.

They targeted the cemetery in the town of Gennaro di Parma in central Lombardy, and are believed to have targeted other sites as well.

The thefts come at a time when Italy’s antiquities authorities are struggling to stem the trend of thieves targeting antique and modern objects.

A group of criminals were nabbed in May for stealing priceless paintings from the town hall in Milan.