AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU, Poland — Polish police said Monday they found the Nazi sign "Work Will Set You Free" from the Auschwitz death camp cut in three pieces after it was stolen by five suspects with no neo-Nazi links.
Andrzej Rokita, commander in the nearby southern Polish city of Krakow, told reporters that "from the information we have none of the five belong to a neo-Nazi group nor hold such ideas".
The five suspects, aged 20 to 39 and with criminal records for theft or violence, face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, police said.
Police arrested the men shortly before midnight Sunday. The theft sent shockwaves around the world when it was discovered Friday morning at the site of the former death camp on the edge of the southern Polish city of Oswiecim.
"This is a huge relief. The museum staff were affected by this in a very personal way, so the sense of relief is tangible," Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum spokesman Jaroslaw Mensfelt told AFP.
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