Massive artwork theft in Brussels castle
9 February 2006, BRUSSELS — Thieves escaped with millions of euros in artworks from the Castle of Grand-Bigard near Brussels on Wednesday night.
9 February 2006
BRUSSELS — Thieves escaped with millions of euros in artworks from the Castle of Grand-Bigard near Brussels on Wednesday night.
Police, public prosecution officials and forensics experts were conducting investigations at the scene of the crime on Thursday.
A gardener discovered the theft on Thursday morning. Finding a door of the residential wing of the castle ajar, the gardener immediately alerted police.
A detailed inventory of the stolen items has not yet been compiled, but it is already clear that the thieves escaped with a large amount of wall tapestries, paintings from various master painters and other objects.
Police have estimated the value of the stolen artworks extends into the millions of euros, newspaper 'Het Nieuwsblad' reported.
According to the owner of the castle, the thieves were experts because they knew exactly what they wanted to take. A copy of a small painting, for example, was left behind.
The thieves had also gathered up several other paintings to take with them, but abandoned them for an unknown reason.
It is suspected that the thieves were alerted by something and fled the scene. No other trace of the culprits has been found.
The castle is known in Dutch as the Kasteel van Groot-Bijgaarden or the Château Grand-Bigard in French. More information can be found here: www.kasteelgrootbijgaarden.be.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news