Israeli widow convicted of stealing Antoinette watch

March 2, 2010 22:47


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LOS ANGELES — Officials say the widow of a notorious Israeli burglar has been convicted of receiving stolen property in a 27-year-old case involving some of the world's most expensive watches and museum artifacts.

California Insurance commissioner Steve Poizner announced Tuesday that 64-year-old Nili Shamrat of Tarzana was convicted Feb. 23 and sentenced to five years probation and 300 hours of community service.

The L.A. Mayer Museum of Islamic Art in Jerusalem was burglarized in 1983. The 106 stolen items included a pocket watch made for Marie Antoinette in the 18th century. Poizner said it is considered the rarest and most expensive watch in the world.

He added that Shamrat's husband passed the artifacts on to her in his will and 96 of them have been recovered, including the Antoinette watch.

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