Suspects in Blockbuster Kunsthal Rotterdam Art Heist Arrested in Romania

Three people suspected of having stolen seven artworks — including pieces by Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse, Freud, and Monet — during an early-morning raid of Kunsthal Rotterdam in October of last year have been arrested by Romanian authorities, the Guardian reports, but the paintings’ whereabouts remain unknown.

“Three people have been arrested, but unfortunately we have not got back the paintings,” a Rotterdam police spokesperson told the Guardian.

The thieves, who struck around 3am, are believed to have broken into the museum through a rear emergency door. The works they made off with, by auction estimates, would be worth a total of several tens of millions of dollars, though their highly publicized theft has made them all but impossible to sell.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photo: Jeroen Musch; Via Kunsthal Rotterdam/Facebook.)