Rhino Horn Heist Robs Dublin Museum of $650,000 Rarities

Raiders stole four rhinoceros heads, worth an estimated 0.5 million euros ($650,000), from the National Museum of Ireland.

Four raiders overpowered and tied up a security guard during the robbery late yesterday, the Dublin-based museum said in a statement today.

“The stolen rhinoceros heads have a total of eight horns that have probably been taken to supply the illegal trade in powdered horn that is used in traditional medicines in the Far East,” the museum said. “Their price is based on weight.”

Thieves have turned to museums in their seach for rhino horns, as several species of the animal have become close to extinction, the museum said. The stolen rhino heads were placed in storage more than a year ago.