Thefts Continue Around Chernobyl

From Deutsche Presse-Agentur

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.

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