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Thieves snatch 1.5 million euros from Spanish nuns: police

Spanish police said Tuesday they are investigating the theft of 1.5 million euros ($2.08 million) in cash that was kept in plastic bags by nuns at a convent.

“The sisters called us on February 28 to say that several doors in the convent had been broken and that a large amount of cash had disappeared,” a police spokeswoman in the northern city of Zaragoza said.

He said the nuns kept the 1.5 million euros in cash in plastic bags.

“The sisters said that it was money that they had saved over several years,” she said.

The sisters at the Santa Lucia convent in Zaragoza live largely in seclusion and spend much of their time working on book-binding, according to their website.

One of them sells paintings, which could partly explain the cash, the spokeswoman said.

The regional newspaper Periodico de Aragon said the paintings by the nun, Isabel Guerra, are highly valued and can sell for up to 48,000 euros ($67,000).