Latest Art theft Stories

2013-12-30 08:20:07

LoJack® Stolen Vehicle Recovery System Continues to Outwit Sophisticated Criminals and Thwart Theft CANTON, Mass., Dec. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- New Year's Day is the holiday with the highest number of vehicle thefts, which means there's no better time for LoJack Corporation (NASDAQ: LOJN) to release its top stolen vehicle and equipment recoveries of 2013. From recovering stolen vehicles concealed in shipping containers bound for overseas exportation, to the closing of local "chop shops" and...

2009-09-12 13:40:30

Millions of dollars worth of original art made by the late artist Andy Warhol was stolen from a Los Angeles home, police say. Los Angeles police Detective Donald Hrycyk said 11 large portraits by the Pop Art icon were stolen from the home of noted art collector Richard L. Weisman last week, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Hrycyk, head of the police department's art theft detail, said Weisman's housekeeper noticed the Warhol collection was missing Sept. 3. Other Warhol pieces, along...

2006-08-31 10:53:17

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian police recovered "The Scream" and another stolen masterpiece by Edvard Munch on Thursday, two years after the works were seized from a museum by gunmen. "We are 100 percent certain they are the originals," police chief Iver Stensrud told a news conference. "The damage was much less than feared." "The Scream" depicts a terrified figure under a blood-red sky. The other, "Madonna," shows a bare-breasted woman with long black hair. Two armed men broke into the...

2006-02-14 05:14:09

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Six men pleaded not guilty on Tuesday when they want on trial over the theft of Edvard Munch's masterpieces "The Scream" and "Madonna," snatched from an Oslo museum 18 months ago. Five of the men -- Stian Skjold, Petter Tharaldsen, Bjoern Hoen, Petter Rosenvinge and Morten Hugo Johansen -- are charged with planning or taking part in the theft. The sixth, Thomas Nataas, is accused of handling stolen goods. The artworks, painted in 1893, have never...

2005-09-22 06:20:24

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian police detained a woman on Thursday suspected of links to the unsolved 2004 theft of Edvard Munch's masterpieces "The Scream" and "Madonna" and to an alleged gang of bank robbers already on trial in Norway. "We arrested a woman early this morning at her home in Oslo," police lawyer Morten Hojem Ervik told Reuters. He declined to comment on whether police suspected that the theft of the 1893 paintings from the Munch Museum in Oslo by masked...

2005-09-16 17:33:03

By Laura Vinha and Steve Gorman COPENHAGEN/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Two art masterpieces -- a self-portrait of 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt and a painting by French impressionist Pierre-August Renoir -- stolen from Sweden's National Museum five years ago have been recovered, Danish and U.S. officials said on Friday. The recovery of the multimillion-dollar artworks in an international undercover operation means all three paintings stolen in the daring December 2000 heist have...

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