Teen Caught Stealing from Pompeii, Wanted To Buy iPhone


iPhones may or may not be the hottest phones on the market but it did prompt one teen to do something that wasn’t so smart.

According to Fox News, a 16-year-old boy from the Netherlands attempted to “steal a priceless artifact from the ancient city of Pompeii” in Italy. Luckily an American tourist saw what he was doing and reported him.

So what do iPhones and tiles from Pompeii have to do with each other?

Well, the reason the boy was trying to steal the artifact was so that he could buy a new iPhone! Oh the things people will do…

As the teen tried to place a terracotta roof tile in his backpack, the American spotted him. He was then stopped by the police before he could get away. He then mentioned that he wanted to sell the tile on ebay to buy a new iPhone.

While the boy probably figured the tile was worth a small fortune, this would not be the case. According to Fox News,“A simple terracotta tile actually has a very low value, we don’t even trade them,” Roman artifacts dealer Carole Elena told The Local“.

Due to being from Pompeii, the tile may have a value at most of 400€, around $440.Pompeii

You’d think if the teen was going to try to grab something, he would’ve at least tried to have taken one of the items shown above…

Although the tile was returned, it might be hard to put it back in the right place. Neither the sticky-fingered teen nor the American that caught him can recall which part of Pompeii it was taken from.

Find out more from Fox News here.

(Images in post are from Kim & my trip to Italy in late 2010 – early 2011.)

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