500 million euro museum robbery stuns France

500 million euro museum robbery stuns France
# 20 May 2010 16:26 (UTC +04:00)
Baku - APA. A lone thief stole 500 million euros worth of paintings, including masterpieces by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, in the biggest known raid on a Paris museum, officials said Thursday, APA reports.
The canvases were discovered missing just before the Musee d’Art Moderne was to open. The museum, near the Eiffel Tower, was sealed off as police sought clues to who was behind the latest stunning robbery that raised new questions about museum security in the French capital.
Investigators found a broken window and a sheared-off padlock. Video surveillance cameras recorded only one person entering through a window though.
Besides the Matisse and the Picasso, works by Georges Braque, Ferdinand Leger and Amedeo Modigliani were also plucked from the walls of the city-run museum, one of the most-visited in the French capital.
Their estimated total value was put at 500 million euros (635 million dollars).


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