Police Searching For Thief After Van Gogh Painting Is Stolen
A thief broke into a museum and stole a painting by Dutch impressionist Vincent Van Gogh.
Police in the Netherlands are searching for leads to track down the culprit after CCTV footage of the break-in was released.
According to the Singer Laren museum in east of Amsterdam, the smash-and-grab thief made away with 'The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884' in the early hours of Monday morning (30 March).
In footage that has been released to the media, the unnamed perpetrator can be seen arriving at the museum before hammering their way through the glass door.
They then sprint through the opening and onto the next door, crashing through that as well.
Footage then shows them running away with the painting under their arm.
Museum General Director Evert van Os said he and his colleagues were left 'angry, shocked, sad' by the crime.
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As yet, it is not yet known how much the painting, which was being loaned to the institution by the Groninger Museum, is worth.
In a statement released by the police, once the thief smashed through the glass it set off an alarm, which alerted them to the incident.
Despite racing to the scene, by the time officers arrived at the museum the painting and whoever stole it were gone.
Mr Van Os assured people that the museum's security was working 'according to protocol'. However, he admitted that it was something they were going to have to learn from for the future.
Speaking about the theft, Singer Laren museum director Jan Rudolph de Lorm said the painting was a source of inspiration for those who came to see it, adding that he hoped for its return.
He said: "I'm shocked and unbelievably annoyed that this has happened.
"This beautiful and moving painting by one of our greatest artists stolen - removed from the community.
"It is very bad for the Groninger Museum, it is very bad for the Singer, but it is terrible for us all because art exists to be seen and shared by us, the community, to enjoy to draw inspiration from and to draw comfort from, especially in these difficult times."
'The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884' was created during a time when Van Gogh was living with his family in his native country and was painting what he saw in the immediate surroundings.
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