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News: Van Gogh Thieves Caught?

Van Gogh's Poppy Flowers

Van Gogh's Poppy Flowers

Last month, ‘Poppy Flowers’ by Vincent van Gogh went missing from a Cairo Museum and this week, 11 people have been implemented in the scheme to steal the work worth over $55 million.
From Bloomberg news: Egypt’s public prosecutor said 11 people will be tried in connection with the theft of a $55 million Vincent Van Gogh painting in a Cairo museum, the state- run Middle East News Agency reported. If convicted, the people, who include museum officials and security guards, could face sentences of as much as three years for dereliction of duty and negligence, the Cairo-based agency reported, without saying where it got the information. Only seven out of 43 security cameras were functioning and none of the alarms attached to the museum’s paintings was working, the public prosecutor told reporters the following day after the theft had been discovered. The robbers climbed on a sofa and cut the picture, titled “Poppy Flowers” or “Vase of Flowers,” out of its frame, the state-run news agency reported at the time, saying security agents at Egypt’s airports and borders had been put on alert.
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