Zurich Gang Steals More Than $160 Million in French Impressionist Paintings

Posted Feb 11, 2008 by Chris V. Thangham
In another daring robbery, a gang has nabbed paintings done by famous impressionists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Degas and Cezanne from a museum in Zurich. This was the second painting robbery in a week in Switzerland.
Dancers painting by Degas. Photo courtesy of
Dancers painting by Degas. Photo courtesy of
Just last week in Pfaeffikon, a small town in Switzerland, thieves stole Picasso paintings -- “Head of Horse” and “Glass and Pitcher”, worth millions of Euros. This Sunday, paintings done by the Impressionists Degas, Van Gogh, Monet and Cezanne were taken from another museum near Zurich.
The police have not announced the name of the museum or whether the same gang that stole Picasso’s paintings did this robbery as well.
They said the robbery took place this Sunday and the value of the stolen arts is worth more than $160 million.
In my opinion, this happens too often and sooner or later the thieves are going to damage the originals. I think exhibiting museums should have adequate security, or display copies. Most museums are insured and will get their money back, but will they get back the paintings?