Thieves steal paintings from museum

2013-07-17 20:29

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Brussels - Thieves stole 10 paintings worth a total of €1.5m (nearly R19m) in a swift night time burglary at a Brussels museum, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

The thieves broke a window on the ground floor of the Van Buuren museum in the leafy Brussels suburb of Uccle and even though the alarm was triggered, the thieves were gone before the police arrived.

"The whole thing only lasted two minutes and three seconds," said Isabelle Anspach, the museum's curator.

The most expensive paintings were "The Thinker" by Dutch artist Kees van Dongen and "Shrimps and Shells" by Belgian painter James Ensor, which accounted for 80% of the loss, Anspach said.

Belgian prosecutors said two witnesses saw the thieves speeding off in a BMW.






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