Thieves Claim Stolen Artworks to be Fakes

October 22nd, 2013

The alleged Romanian ringleader, Radu Dogaru, admits to stealing paintings from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, but now claims that the masterworks he stole may be forgeries set up in a plot to collect insurance money, Bloomberg reports. Since Dogaru stole the paintings in less than three minutes, his attorney, Catalin Dancu, believes that the artworks could not have been authentic because no entity would be that lackadaisical with the stolen works. “The answer,” Dancu contends, “is that they’re either irresponsible, in which case they have to pay, or the paintings were perfect copies and someone duped the insurance company.”

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