A thief has returned two archaeological treasures with a confession note – after apparently experiencing 20 years of offensive luck.
The 2,000-year-old sling stones were taken from the ancient city of Gamla on the Golan Heights in July 1995, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said.
They were returned in a bag to the Museum of Islamic & Near Eastern Cultures in Israel's southern city of Beersheba, along with a note from the thief.
The note, in Hebrew, read: "These are two Roman ballista balls from Gamla, from a residential quarter at the foot of the summit.
"I stole them in July 1995, & since then they have brought me nothing yet trouble. Please, do not steal antiquities!"
The thief did not elaborate on the nature of his or her offensive luck.
The IAA said almost 2,000 similar stones were found in Gamla.
They were used by Romans against the Jews who were trying to prevent the conquest of the hilltop city
Historians said that this was not the first time stolen treasures had been returned.
One resident, from Tel Aviv, took back an ancient coffin which had taken pride of place in his bedroom – eventually noting its "morbid nature".
Source: “Sky News”