Thefts are continuing in empty buildings inside the evacuated security zone around the stricken Chernobyl nuclear plant, the newspaper Sovietskaya Rossiya said Monday.
Militia patrols are forced to keep a constant watch because of the continuing "attacks on private and state property," the paper said.
Police in the town of Pripyat have caught three workers from the nuclear plant stealing a record player, cigarettes and candy from a cafe. And in the village of Novyje Shchepelitshe, a former inhabitant was caught breaking into his neighbor's home.
The newspaper said property worth millions of rubles has already been brought to safety from the towns of Pripyat and Chernobyl.