A thief in Paris planned to steal some paintings from the Louvre. After carefully planning, he got past security, stole the paintings and made it safely to his van. However, he was captured only two blocks away when his van ran out of gas.
When asked how he could mastermind such a crime and then make such an obvious error, he replied:
“Monsieur, I had no Monet to buy Degas to make the Van Gogh.”
(And you thought I lacked De Gaulle to post a story like this.)
A total of 12 paintings were stolen in a residential area in Los Angeles late last year, which included works by Hans Hoffman and Riego Rivera. There is a reward of $200,000 to anybody for information leading to the paintings’ return. Click for more art crimes.