Ever wonder what happens when the FBI finds stolen or looted art and artifacts? In this article, Betty Vine discusses how the FBI Art Crime Team manages the process of repatriation and learns more about how to handle these cultural assets.
“The most rewarding part of being a member of the FBI’s Art Crime team comes “anytime you can return one of these objects to someone… Maybe not a [culturally] important piece, maybe not even one of high [monetary] value, but [one that] has sentimental meaning… It’s the look on their face when you give it back to them.”
It was a crisp spring day in rural Indiana. Probably the wildflowers were just beginning to peak their heads above the soil; the birds were chirping hungrily for worms. And, in a home off Rush County Road 850, an FBI command vehicle was parked while a group of tents was erected.