Several Masterpieces Stolen From Paris Museum In Large Heist
May 20, 2010
The five paintings taken were a Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Leger, and Modigliani. In all, there is a combined worth of more than $123 million USD.
The most likely motive is a criminal organization that will steal the pieces and then resell the on the black market.
However, security cameras picked up a single masked thief wandering through the halls of the museum. This has give a alternative theory to the police.
“For some people it’s just trophy hunting, like going to Africa and shooting a rhinoceros, or having a glamorous blonde on your arm. It’s the adrenaline rush, just being able to get away with it,” former Scotland Yard detective, Charles Hill, told The Guardian in a interview.
“But in this case my feeling is it’s probably a loner, someone with a grudge, even if it’s a grudge against the world. They could even be a former employee.”
Whatever the motive, the crime is a fairly shocking one, with police hoping to find the culprit quickly, and the artwork safe.