THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – All it takes is a few solid swings with a sledgehammer and a valuable painting by Vincent van Gogh has disappeared.
A Dutch crime-eliminating television program showed footage of security cameras showing how an art thief smashed a glass-reinforced door at a museum in the early hours of March 30. He then rushed out through the museum gift shop with a painting of Vincent van Gogh. tucked under his right arm and a sledgehammer in his left hand.
The police hope that publishing the pictures will help them track down the thief who stole the “Heritage Park in Nuenen in the Spring of 1884” Van Gogh of the Singer Laren Museum when it was closed due to acts of containment of the coronavirus virus.
No one was arrested in the theft and the painting, which was borrowed from another Dutch museum, the Groninger Museum, when it was stolen, is still missing.
Police arrested another recording from inside the museum in Laren, a city east of Amsterdam, to protect their investigation. They also don’t show videos from outside the museum thieves away.
Managing director Laren Evert van Os stressed in a statement that the recording did not show all robbery and maintain security, which he said had been approved by the museum insurance company.
“The thief broke through a number of doors and several layers of security that have been approved by security experts,” Van Os said. “Therefore the released record does not allow conclusions to be drawn about the quality of security at Singer Laren.”
Police said on Wednesday that 56 new tips were flowing in from the public as a result of the show. They also said that it was unclear whether the thief acted alone. Police are also looking for information about a white van that was shown in a recording driving through the museum.
An oil painting on paper measuring 25 x 57 cm shows someone standing in a park surrounded by trees with a church tower in the background.
“It looks like they are deliberately targeting this one Van Gogh painting,” police spokeswoman Maren Wonder told Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday night.
This work originated from a time when the artist moved back to his family in rural Holland and painted the life he saw there, including his famous work “The Potato Eaters,” in a more grim tone.
Wonder said investigators wanted to hear from potential witnesses who saw the thief arrive outside the museum on a motorcycle. He also wants museum visitors to share with police every photo or video they took at the museum in the days before it was closed, to see if anyone protected the museum before the theft.
“People can help if they now realize that there are other visitors who are behaving suspiciously,” he said. “It would be very helpful if museum visitors had photographs or video recordings with others in them.”
Van Os said the museum would take lessons from the theft, but added: “However, at the moment, the only important thing is that the tape must provide useful tips and that the painting should be returned without damage to the Groninger Museum as soon as it can. “
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