Laboratory tests

Laboratory tests made by Bucharest museum experts reveal that at least one of the seven painting stolen last year from a Rotterdam Museum was burnt in a house located in a remote village in South-Eastern Romania, according to Romanian  news websites and news TV stations.

Suspects are detained in the Romanian Police custody since January 2013.  Romanian police colected evidence from the house of one of the suspects’ mother and concluded the ashes found in the stove came from a burnt painting or paintings.

No official confirmation has been made yet.

The robbery in Kunsthal Museum took place at 3:15am on 16 October, 2012 and although the alarm sounded, the thieves had left by the time police arrived. The stolen works by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Monet and Gauguin have not been recovered. The paintings were on loan to the museum from the Triton Foundation and had been amassed by the Dutch millionaire Willem Cordia.

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