Art theft investigation in Romania

Two famous paintings stolen from Rotterdam by Romanian thieves were burned in a Romanian village, according to a relative of one of the three suspects, Romanian media reported. The person told Romanian investigators that the families of the suspects decided to burn two paintings when they realized the amplitude of the robbery, without naming them, Romanian TV network Digi 24 reported.

Seven works, which included paintings by Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Henri Matisse, were stolen in a nighttime raid on the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam. The paintings are thought to be worth up to 200 million euros ($265 million) on the open market.

Romanian Police arrested three suspects and believes three paintings were brought to Romania.

UPDATE. Two lawyers of the suspects and suspects’ relatives denied the painting had been burned.  One of them said probably the testimony was “made of desparation “. “There is no evidence and also no logic in such an action”, another lawyer said.

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