Police in Romania have uncovered a trove of “irreplaceable” books including first editions of works by Galileo Galilei and Isaac Newton that were stolen in a sophisticated 2017 heist from a warehouse in London, police and the European Union’s judicial cooperation agency said Friday.
The stash of some 200 rare and valuable books was discovered Wednesday hidden in a concealed space under a house in rural Romania.
London’s Met Police said in a statement that the recovered books have a combined value of more than 2.5 million pounds ($3.2 million).
“These books are extremely valuable, but more importantly they are irreplaceable and are of great importance to international cultural heritage,” Detective Inspector Andy Durham said in a statement.
The books were stolen in a raid on a warehouse in west London. Burglars cut holes in the roof and abseiled down into the…