When Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime Bureau teams stopped a car on the Ankara-Kayseri Highway on Wednesday to check the identity cards of the two passengers, H.Ş. and O.T., they found a statue that had been wrapped in a bag. According to police reports, the two suspects were allegedly trying to smuggle the statue out of the country. Police also found an unregistered pistol in the vehicle. The two suspects were detained.
Experts at the Ministry of Culture and Tourism discovered that the statue was the figure of Aphrodite, the daughter of Zeus and the goddess of love and beauty in Greek mythology. The priceless statue, which the experts also learned had been missing for many years, was taken to the Museum Directorate.