Apparently, grand thefts are not at all like they are portrayed in movies. Neither a team of dubious types should be used as in ‘Oceans 11’ nor the world’s highly developed gadgets as in ‘Mission Impossible’, when two valuable paintings were stolen last year.
No, a motorcycle and a muck to smash windows with were obviously enough to steal the paintings ‘Spring Garden’ by Vincent van Gogh and ‘Two Laughing Boys’ by Frans Hals to a total value of almost 160 million kroner.
Dutch police have now arrested a 58-year-old man suspected of being behind the theft, writes The Guardian.
The man was arrested at his home in the Dutch town of Baarn, but authorities have not found the paintings yet, although they have ransacked every nook and cranny of the man’s apartment.
‘The paintings have not yet come to the surface as a result of this arrest. We are continuing the search with undiminished force, but this arrest is an important step in the investigation, “the Dutch police said in a press release according to The Guardian.
The paintings were stolen in two rounds, and it happened while the museums were closed due to the corona epidemic.
The theft of Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Spring Garden’ happened on what would have been Vincent van Gogh’s 167th birthday, March 30, 2020, and the action itself was apparently simple. The thief arrived on a motorcycle with a machete and slammed on the steel-reinforced door until he could enter, pick up the painting and run away with it.
About a month after the painting by van Gogh was snatched from the Dutch museum Singer Laren, investigators chose to release a surveillance video of the theft, where one can see the entire action.
Five months after the first theft, another museum was hit by theft with a similar scenario, in which Frans Hals’ painting ‘Two Laughing Boys’ was stolen near the city of Utrecht. It was not the first time that painting was stolen. In total, it has been stolen three times – in 1988, 2011 and now again in 2020. Now we have to see if it finds its way back to the museum again.