The video was shown on Dutch morning TV
As reported by the GIC, the painting was on loan from the Groninger Museum at the Singer Laren Museum, located in the middle of the Netherlands in the wealthy town of Laren, near Hilversum (North Holland). It was stolen at the end of March, and a new video shows the thief simply walking out of the museum with the painting under his arm.
The video was shown on the TV program Opsporing Verzocht on Tuesday evening. The are hoping that a viewe may recognise the man, though his features are blurry in the video. The video, taken on March 30, show only that the perpetrator came to the museum on a motorcycle around 02:45.
The image shows that he has violently smashed two glass entrance doors using a sledgehammer to break the bullet-resistant glass. A little later he walks out of the museum with the Van Gogh painting under his arm, before the police arrive.
There are more images of the theft from the gallery inside, but the police do not want to show those images because of the ongoing investigation. It is also not yet known whether the perpetrator was assisted by anyone. The painting is still missing.
The police are looking for tips about the man and are also looking for two witnesses that passed the museum around the time of the theft. Police think that the man was well-prepared, and knew his precise route.
Image: The Singer Laren museum by Wikimedia user Drenthe007. License here.
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