Thief Steals $100 Million In Paintings From Paris Art Museum


A thief just committed one of the largest art heists ever at the Paris Museum of Modern Art. It took incredible cunning, however it did not involve slipping through a maze of laser beams. From the Washington Post:

In a brazen display of stealth, cunning and cool nerves, a thief using a sharp cutting tool opened a gated window and sneaked into the Paris Museum of Modern Art.

Three security guards were on duty at the time, but the thief — or perhaps thieves — detached five major cubist and post-impressionist paintings from their frames without being detected and slid back into the night with a rolled-up treasure worth well over $100 million.

The embarrassing heist — of paintings by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and Fernand Léger — was discovered just before 7 a.m. Thursday, Paris officials said, probably long after the celebrated canvases had disappeared.

One thing seemed certain: Whoever did it knew what he or she or they were doing. It appears that someone had figured out how to frustrate the alarm system or perhaps had gotten wind that it was faulty. Someone had identified the gated window, with its lone padlock, as a chink in the armor and had figured out how to evade the security guards. And the guilty party headed straight for some of the museum’s best-known works of art.

4 Comments on "Thief Steals $100 Million In Paintings From Paris Art Museum"

  1. Theft?

    Not hardly: private property is a social construct of the Bourgeois!

    (Am I doing it correctly?)

  2. dumbsaint | May 21, 2010 at 9:03 pm |

    Fuck this guy or the prick who gave him a market. Some of us would have liked to peep those one day.

  3. I shudder to think about the treatment of the paintings themselves. I hope they're ok, and yes, I took think all should have access to them. If they are damaged in any way by this stunt, the loss to civilization itself would be incalculable.

    But the strategist in me looks at the mere fact that he pulled it off and no one died in the theft, and I can't help but think, “What a stud.” I'd think it more so if he'd say, ripped off some greedy bankers. They kind of deserve to get fucked. But still, as a general rule, if you can steal something that well-protected and not hurt someone (if you kill someone in the process of the theft, its just a mark that you're a hack who didn't plan well enough) it's a studly act simply because you puzzled it out. It's an intellectual exercise.

  4. Europe is a dying civilization that belongs in a museum, but more than likely will be taken over by Muslim radicals long before they have the chance to die on their own. The true value of these paintings is barely the cost of the paint to make them being that they exist in a culture that will eventually give up it's rights to ever produce such works.

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