Dozens of icons and communion cups stolen from churches throughout southern Greece were found hidden near a residence leased by a Romanian national in the village of Parori, near Sparta, on Thursday.

Police were led to the discovery following a tip-off.

The suspect was arrested and reportedly told police that he was planning to transport the loot to Romania. Evidence that surfaced during questioning led to the arrest of a second Romanian, after police allegedly found more stolen goods in the latter's residence.