Three arrested for October Dutch art heist

By Daniel S Levine,

Dutch police say that three suspects are in custody in connection with the October art heist. The thieves stole works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Claude Monet from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam.

According to Bloomberg, the men were arrested in Romania. Local media reports say they were arrested yesterday, 29 days after the arrest warrant was issued by the Bucharest court. Dutch police gave no information on the suspects.

Unfortunately, none of the pieces were recovered, a Rotterdam police spokesperson confirmed to The Associated Press. It is estimated that the seven pieces of stolen art could be worth tens of millions of dollars, although they would be impossible to sell after the heist.

The pieces were on display as part of the museum’s 20th anniversary celebration and were part of a private collection that had never been on display in its entirety. The theft took place on Oct. 16 and police responded within minutes, but were not able to apprehend the suspects at the time.

The pieces include Picasso’s Harlequin Head, Monet’s Waterloo Bridge, London and Charing Cross Bridge, London and Matisse’s Reading Girl in White and Yellow.

This was considered the largest art heist in the Netherlands in decades.

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