The latest art robbery has taken place at a Paris museum again raising questions about the security provided at such places. Reportedly a lone robber has made away with five paintings worth an estimated £430million ($620 million) from the Paris Museum of Modern Art overnight! The stolen artworks include works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, George Braque, Amedeo Modigliani and Fernand Leger. The theft was exposed during a patrol at around 6.50am. The CCTV investigations reportedly show a single masked figure.
It is thought they broke in overnight, with museum staff discovering a broken window and sheared off padlock this morning. The paintings appeared to have been carefully removed from their frames, not sliced out. Museum officials and police refused to comment on reports that the alarm system had malfunctioned or been disabled.
Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe expressed his shock and grief over the theft and claimed that the heist was “an intolerable attack on Paris’ universal cultural heritage.”