2 Danes sentenced for stealing WWII documents

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Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two Danish men have been sentenced to prison after confessing to stealing World War II documents from Denmark's national archives.

The Copenhagen City Court on Friday gave sentences of two years to one man and 21 months to the other for stealing 1,045 documents between 2009 and their arrests in late 2012.

The men told the court how they used, among other items, a carved-out notepad to hide the documents that included torn-out book pages and photos. The documents were estimated to be worth between 1.5 million kroner ($260,000) and 3 million kroner ($520,000).

The men claimed they were planning to write a book about the war. The prosecutor said they were collectors, adding many documents have been recovered but others have been sold.

They did not appeal the sentences.

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