Somehow I managed to miss this account of the break in, presented in a National Geographic blog of a tour in which the Museum Director, Tarek El Awady, explained the sequence of events to Jeffrey Bartholet. It contains some genuinely unique details, for instance concerning the case the intruder is said to have fallen upon when dropping from the skylight:
Tthe intruder apparently lost his grip and fell, crashing on a showcase holding a coffin, scepters, and sticks belonging to Mesehti, a prince of the 12th dynasty, around 2000 B.C.There is more about the damage to the boat. Apparently the intruder was carrying an heavy metal hammer which he threw down before he descended himself:
“Surprisingly, the coffin and the other relics with it are completely fine,” notes Awady. “They need no restoration at all.”
the heavy metal hammer he had apparently tossed from the window before he descended. The hammer smashed a case with a small pharaonic boat that, according to tradition, would have accompanied Mesehti on his journey to the afterlife.
I have a problem with that as the boat doesn't give the impression of having been smashed from the top by a metal hammer which have been dropped from 30' above. It would surely have smashed through the deck. Also, the case is smashed at the side. It isn't clear whether the top of the case is also smashed, but there doesn't seem to be broken glass consistent with a smashed top. Also, as shown in the photos, the side of the boat case which is smashed is not next to the case holding the coffin etc.
The main discrepancy with earlier stories is that apparently alarms were activated, "Amid the chaos, museum officials and police knew that one or more people had entered the main building when motion sensors set off alarms." According to this version of the break in, this should have been sufficient to prevent theft because there were 65 police on duty; however, "The head of the museum police says that his men, about 65 in all, were far outnumbered..." Outnumbered, that is, by between one and four men who were inside the museum. Egyptian Museum arithmetic seems to be different to that used by the rest of the world.
Dr Hawass has been criticised for his inaccurate reporting, but Bartholet effectively alleges that Awady did the same, saying:
... he came to a case holding two small statues of King Tutankhamun, one portraying him atop a black leopard, another showing him spearing fish from a boat. The thief broke the glass but tossed the statues aside. “He thought they were gold, because the statues are gilded,” says Awady. “When he found out they were not gold, but wood, he threw them on the floor.”That is, according to Bartholet Awady explicitly said that the statue of Tutankhamun with harpoon was thrown in the floor - even though it later appears in the list of stolen objects.
Every account I read of this break in adds to my confusion, rather than reduces it.