Arrested for stealing paintings worth billions of rupees
A thief has been arrested in the Netherlands for stealing works of art worth millions of euros from well-known artists.
According to international media reports, the suspected thief, arrested in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is 58 years old and is suspected to have stolen two works of art from Van Gogh and Franz Halls during the lockdown last year.
Both artifacts were stolen last year after all museums in the Netherlands were closed due to the Corona virus epidemic.
The artwork was stolen from the Singer Lauren Museum, a short distance from Amsterdam, on the morning of March 30 last year. The thieves had fled with the artwork.
The second painting is by Franz Halls, named 2 Laughing Boys. The masterpiece of the Golden Age of Painting was also stolen last year.
This work of art was created in the year 1626.
The Hall’s masterpiece was also stolen in such a way that the door of a small museum in Lairdam, 60 km south of the Dutch capital, was broken into for the crime.
The combined value of these two works of art is in the tens of millions of euros. According to police, the suspected thief has been arrested on the basis of evidence and is being questioned, however, neither of the two stolen masterpieces has been recovered so far.
Police, without giving further details, only confirmed that the suspect was arrested from his flat on the outskirts of Amsterdam. According to police, the suspect’s residence is not far from the Singer Lauren Museum, where Van Gogh’s artwork was stolen.