Art thieves steal paintings from German bank

10th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

Valuable oil paintings are taken from a city bank, despite its heavy security

Dusseldorf -- Art thieves have made off with eight valuable paintings from a German bank, police in Dusseldorf said on Wednesday.

The oil paintings decorated the downtown offices in the city of the bank, which offers private banking to millionaires.

The pictures and an expensive vase disappeared on Saturday or Sunday. Police were called Monday, but did not make the theft public at first. Instead, the entire building, including 300 offices and an underground parking area, were combed for hiding places.

Police were puzzled at how the thieves could have spirited the items through the bank's high security, but said on Wednesday they were certain the art was had not been lost or concealed in the building.

Police gave no precise value, saying only that the haul was worth hundreds of thousands of euros. The pictures included a still life by Paula Modersohn-Becker (1876-1907). She was one of Germany's most innovative artists at the start of the 20th century.


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