Man arrested for theft of Van Gogh and Frans Hals work from museums closed throughout pandemic

Vincent Van Goghs portray Self Portrait with a Straw Hat is displayed on the exhibit Vincent Van Gogh:

Dutch police have arrested a suspect in two separate thefts of work by Dutch masters Vincent Van Gogh and Frans Hals from museums that had been closed as a result of Covid-19 pandemic.

“This morning my colleagues arrested a 58-year-old man in Baarn and we suspect him of stealing two work by Frans Hals and Van Gogh,” police spokeswoman Maren Marvel mentioned in a video assertion launched on Twitter. No additional particulars got in regards to the suspect.

She added that the work haven’t been recovered and appealed to the general public to come back ahead with any details about the whereabouts of the works.

In March final 12 months thieves stole the Van Gogh portray Lentetuin, or Spring Backyard, which dates from 1884 and depicts the backyard of the rectory at Nuenen, from the Singer Laren Museum within the city of Laren, close to Amsterdam.

5 months later, thieves broke right into a small museum close to town of Utrecht and made off with a portray by Dutch Golden Age grasp Frans Hals.

The work, Two Laughing Boys dated from 1626, was valued at 15 million euros ($18 million) by one professional. It had been stolen twice earlier than in its four-century historical past, together with as lately as Might 2011 from the identical museum. Police recovered it later that 12 months after arresting 4 males who tried to promote it.

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