The five men detained by Polish police on Monday for stealing the Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp sign, are common thieves. The police in the southern city of Krakow say the men are not neo-Nazis.
The theft of the entrance sign at the camp in German, “Arbeit Macht Frei” -“Work makes you free” provoked outrage, especially from Israel and Jewish groups.
The five-metre long metal sign had been cut into three pieces by the suspects who have previous convictions for robbery and violence.
One Polish TV channel claims the men were trying to sell the sign for 150,000 euros.
Police say some of the detainees are cooperating with them in tracing the mastermind behind the theft.
Some 1.5 million people, mostly Jews, perished at the camp during the second world war.