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A suspect was arrested for stealing paintings by Van Gogh and Hals

A 58-year-old man suspected of daring to steal paintings by artists Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from Dutch museums last year has been arrested by police, AFP reported.

The paintings “The Garden of the Parish Priest in Nünen in the Spring of 1884.” of Van Gogh and “Two Laughing Boys” by Frans Hals, stolen from various museums, have not yet been found.

Van Gogh’s stolen painting “The Garden of the Parish Priest in Nünen in the Spring of 1884.” (Photo: AR / BTA)

A police spokesman said the suspect was arrested today at his home. His identity has not been revealed, in accordance with Dutch confidentiality rules. Police added that the arrest was an important stage in the investigation.

March 30, 2020 The broken glass door of the Singer Laren Museum in Amsterdam, from which the painting by Van Gogh was stolen. The museum was closed due to restrictions on the spread of the coronavirus (Photo: AR / BTA)

The painting “Van Gogh’s Parish Priest’s Garden in Nünen in the Spring”, rented from the Groningen Museum, was stolen on March 30, 2020 from the Singer Lauren Museum, about 30 km from Amsterdam, while it was closed due to the pandemic. from Kovid-19.

Its estimate is from one million to six million euros. Police then reported that the thief or thieves had broken a glass case to break into the museum. This triggered an alarm, but when she arrived on the scene, the picture had disappeared and there was no sign of the one who picked it up.

This is not the first time the museum has been attacked by thieves. In 2007, seven sculptures were erected from his garden, including a bronze copy of Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker. A few days later, the sculpture was discovered, but with a missing leg.

Van Gogh’s painting was stolen on March 30, 2020 from the Singer Lauren Museum, about 30 km from Amsterdam, which was closed at the time due to the pandemic (Photo: AR / BTA)

Frans Hals’ painting “Two Laughing Boys” (1626) was stolen for the third time five months later from a museum in Lendam, 60 km from Amsterdam. Police said the back door of the building was broken into and the crime itself was committed late at night.

The painting, valued at $ 18 million, was stolen from the same museum in 2011 and 1988, then found six months and three months later, respectively.

This is the third theft of the painting “Two Laughing Boys” (1626) by Frans Hals