Picasso stolen from Athens National Gallery

January 10th, 2012 - 8:04 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Athens, Jan 10 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The police in Athens are searching for a group of burglars who broke into the biggest art museum in the country and made away with two valuable paintings. The thieves broke into the Athens National Art Gallery on Tuesday morning and stole paintings by Pablo Picasso and Dutch painter Piet Mondrian.

The police also reported that the thieves were able to steal a sketch by Italian painter Guglielmo Caccia which was donated to the museum in 1907. The museum has not indicated the value of the stolen arts but they are expected to be very high.

Picasso’s 1939 Woman’s Head painting as well as Mondrian’s Mill painting were stolen by the thieves who entered the museum through a balcony door. Police say the burglars managed to evade the security and they triggered a false alarm. It has been established that the police disabled at least one of the alarms prior to the thieves entering the facility.

Officers say a security got a glimpse of a man running away from the scene.

The police said that, “After the alarm went off the guard discovered that the two paintings were missing. Another was lying on the floor. It all happened in seven minutes’. Police are still investigating if any other art is missing.”

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