Art Stolen from Beijing’s Forbidden City, Thieves Take Nine Objects from Exhibition


BEIJING (AP).- Officials scrambled Wednesday to figure out how thieves broke into China’s famed Forbidden City, the heavily guarded former home of the country’s emperors, and stole seven art pieces made of gold and jewels. It was the first theft in 20 years from the historic site, spokesman Feng Nai’en said, adding that security would be increased. “For this to happen here shows us that, No. 1, we need to speed up the modernization and installation of our security systems,” Feng said. “No. 2, we need to investigate carefully and find out if we can implement better, more modern and more sophisticated security systems.” Guards saw a suspect fleeing the scene early Monday but failed to nab him, Feng said. An