Paintings worth R10m stolen from museum

2012-11-11 22:59

Pretoria - Five paintings valued at about R10m were stolen from the Pretoria Art Museum in Arcadia on Sunday morning, Gauteng police said.

Three men had paid an admission fee of R10 to enter the museum where they pretended to be viewing some of the artworks, Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

"Once inside, they pointed a firearm at the person at the counter and demanded certain paintings," she said.

The robbers seemed to have a "shopping list".

Beeld reports that it included Irma Stern's Fishing Boats, painted in 1931, and Street Scene by Gerard Sekoto.

Eyewitness News earlier reported that the robbers had left one of the painting behind when it didn't fit in their Caddy getaway car.

  • badladballie - 2012-11-11 23:31

    What is going on? Seriously Guys! Some people are simply an embarrassment to the human race. Seriously!

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-11-12 00:06

    Maybe they removed the paintings for safekeeping.

      sally.lewitt - 2012-11-12 00:33

      Now, that's a new way to safe keep something valuable, at gunpoint. Now there's a thought for all of us!

  • wgjooste - 2012-11-12 00:58

    Rich guy watches The Thomas Crown Affair, he then gets inspired but is too scared to do it himself , makes a lovely shopping list gets 3 guys (easy in south-africa) who has a gun and voila , his art collection now looks great

      JohnB - 2012-11-12 02:01

      Look no further than Nkandla, Zipper needs the kraal to be decorated.

  • nkosinathi.nkosi.37 - 2012-11-12 03:20

    lol i only though such things only happen in movies!

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-12 08:22

      No it is a serious crime world wide. Sadly as we know, life can never be recovered, nor serious and valuable paintings (antiques). These are the consequences of war and disaster.

  • Mzondi Wakwa Maqina - 2012-11-12 03:44

    I never knew that painting was so popular in SA, to the point that they would steal it. It sounds like the Pink Panther movie.

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-11-12 04:16

    Security seems a bit shoddy as the only human obstacle to overcome was the person at the counter.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-12 06:54

      Yeah shocking.........I woulda thought the paintings had security beams across them? Also the CCTV camera? Shame. I read somewhere that the likelyhood of finding stolen paintings is very low....tut wide there are billions (in value) of paintings stolen and never found. So sad.

      Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-12 09:44

      This is SA - the security systems would have been stolen a long time ago even before the police were instructed to start upholding the rights of criminals before that of their victims // and gate-crashers or bussed in supporters over and above legal representatives (#zumaville at the "Palais Royale Nkandla Khya).

  • jason.sole.92 - 2012-11-12 06:23

    Bet u can view the paintings on display at Nkandla

      Martha1234 - 2012-11-12 06:40

      You read my mind!

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-11-12 06:36

    Crime triumphs because of the complete incompetence of the government. These are our national treasures. They obviously have buyers who ordered....

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-11-12 07:00

    This is an inside job and could only have been done by some one who knew what sort of information to pass onto the thieves. Painting has most probably sent to Zuma's palace? Lol!

  • mkansig - 2012-11-12 07:26

    Eish is bad guys . They must find those buyers nd arrest them, now they rob artwork no more cash in transit .

      johan.uys.75 - 2012-11-12 07:48

      They will find it difficult to sell those paintings. Maybe they will try to get money from the insurance company.

  • stefan.kruger.1297 - 2012-11-12 07:36

    Hahaha! lets make a movie about this!! and call it Italian Oceans 14 hahaha

  • Johannes Petrus Kemp - 2012-11-12 08:07

    All I am going to say is a caddy getaway car, really?

  • nmunyai - 2012-11-12 08:30

    That place hs cameras.... That should come handy

      luytster - 2012-11-12 10:50

      Eish, this is the council museum. Its bloken, not working. Funds were used for name changes and councilors cars and body gaurds

      shengeboy - 2012-11-12 11:16

      nope, i smell a rat, insurance is about to loose millions

  • LoplopBirdSuperior - 2012-11-12 09:15

    There is no finesse in this kind of crime.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-12 09:16

    The strange part of this robbery is that htey oibviously did not read their list properly. They took as many as they could and left the ONE painting, valued at R12 million on the pavement as it was too large for their vehicle........

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-11-12 10:43

    Crime is easy in S.A. thia si why this happening. What is the chance of a case like this being solved probably less then 10%. The power that be do not even want to recognise the lack of efficiency so how can they put in a improvement plan!!!

  • shengeboy - 2012-11-12 11:14

    inside job, insurance is about to loose millions

  • peter.j.cock - 2012-11-12 12:01

    Huh --- NO CCTV, no footage of the thieves - Inside job

  • arnaud.munezero - 2012-11-12 14:32

    That is sad

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