Sensational Art Heists
Sweden's National Museum Heist
The explosions were purposely set off to create a diversion. It was a creatively deceptive tactic that had police running in different directions throughout the city, thus limiting their response to the museum robbery already in full swing. Moreover, CNN reported that the robbers scattered spikes on the road to further delay pursuers.
It took only minutes for the art thieves to make off with two French impressionist paintings by Renoir titled Young Parisian and Conversation with the Gardner and one self-portrait by the Dutch master Rembrandt. The three paintings were valued at a staggering $30 million. Unfortunately, they were uninsured.
Following the robbery, the men jumped onto a speedboat waiting for them at the waterfront museum and raced away into the darkness, the BBC reported. The scene closely mimicked that often depicted in action movies and was almost as unbelievable to museum visitors who witnessed the crime. The getaway boat was found several hours later in a nearby neighborhood located south of the city. The robbery was considered one of the countrys biggest heists, with the exception of one in 1993 at the citys modern art museum where eight works were stolen, including those by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, valued at $60 million.
Police Inspector Thomas Johansson was quoted by the BBC saying he believed that the robbers likely disappeared on to any of thousands of tiny islands in the archipelago off
By the first week of the New Year eight men, including seven Swedes and a Russian, ages ranging from 19 to 43 were arrested in connection with the heist. One of the Swedish suspects was a