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Dutch art heist thief jailed in Romania, paintings still missing

A Romanian man who masterminded the theft of seven masterpieces from a Dutch museum was sentenced to nearly seven years in jail on Tuesday, but the fate of the paintings remains a mystery. Radu Dogaru, 29, had admitted planning the three-minute heist of works by Picasso, Monet and Gauguin in October 2012 at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, dubbed the "theft of the century" in the Netherlands. Despite an estimated value of 18 million euros ($24 million), none of the paintings was equipped in the museum with an alarm.

Art thief says robbery was too easy, threatens to sue museum

A Romanian man who has admitted to stealing masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet and Picasso on Tuesday threatened to sue the Dutch museum he took them from for making his robbery too easy. Radu Dogaru is among six Romanians on trial for last year's spectacular three-minute heist from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam which stunned the art world. Despite their 18-million-euro ($24 million) estimated value, none of the paintings that belonged to the Triton Foundation was equipped with an alarm, Dutch authorities said.

Ringleader in Dutch art theft claims he had inside help

By Ioana Patran BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The confessed ringleader in the theft of seven paintings, including a Picasso and a Monet, from a Dutch museum says he had inside help, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Radu Dogaru and two other Romanians have so far pleaded guilty in a Bucharest court to stealing artworks worth tens of millions of euros from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum in October 2012 - one of the art world's biggest heists in recent years.

Art thief blames Dutch museum for 'negligence'

A Romanian man who has admitted stealing masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet and Picasso, wants to pin the blame on the Dutch museum for failing to protect the works, his lawyer said Tuesday. Radu Dogaru is among six Romanians on trial for the spectacular three-minute heist from the Kunthal museum in Rotterdam in October 2012 which stunned the art world. Despite their value, none of the paintings was equipped with an alarm, Dutch authorities have said. "We can clearly speak of negligence with serious consequences", lawyer Catalin Dancu told journalists.

Romania court adjourns Dutch art heist trial

A Bucharest court on Tuesday adjourned the trial of six Romanians charged with a spectacular theft from a Dutch museum, including masterpieces by Monet, Picasso and Gauguin that are now feared to have been burned. Immediately after opening proceedings, the court president postponed the trial to September 10 to allow more time for legal issues to be examined, including bail requests. It took less than three minutes for the thieves to take seven works by some of the world's most famous artists from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam in the pre-dawn heist last October.

Dutch police arrest Romanian woman over art heist

Dutch police on Monday arrested a young Romanian woman on suspicion of helping smuggle a haul of masterpieces stolen from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum out of the country. The 19-year-old woman is the girlfriend of one of three suspects being held in Romania for alleged involvement in October's swiftly-executed theft of works by Picasso, Monet and Gauguin, among others.

Dutch police arrest Romanian woman over art heist

Dutch police on Monday arrested a young Romanian woman on suspicion of helping smuggle a haul of masterpieces stolen from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum out of the country. The 19-year-old woman is the girlfriend of one of three suspects being held in Romania for alleged involvement in October's swiftly-executed theft of works by Picasso, Monet and Gauguin, among others.

Dutch police arrest Romanian woman over art heist

Dutch police on Monday arrested a young Romanian woman in Rotterdam on suspicion of helping get a haul of masterpieces stolen from the city's Kunsthal museum out of the country, police said on Monday. "Detectives investigating the art heist at the Kunsthal on Monday afternoon arrested a 19-year-old Romanian woman who is suspected of being involved in the handling of the seven stolen paintings," Rotterdam police said in a statement.

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Dutch police on Monday arrested a young Romanian woman in Rotterdam on suspicion of helping get a haul of masterpieces stolen from the city's Kunsthal museum out of the country, police said on Monday. "Detectives investigating the art heist at the Kunsthal on Monday afternoon arrested a 19-year-old Romanian woman who is suspected of being involved in the handling of the seven stolen paintings," Rotterdam police said in a statement. jhe/cjo/jz

Romania arrests three men over Dutch art heist-report

BUCHAREST, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Romanian authorities have arrested three men suspected of stealing paintings by Picasso, Matisse and Monet from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum in October, local news agency Mediafax said on Tuesday. Thieves made off with seven paintings, which also included a Gauguin, a Lucian Freud and a Meyer de Haan, thought to be worth tens of millions of dollars in a brazen and meticulously planned operation.
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