Suspect Arrested Over Van Gogh And Hals Thefts
The Hague, April 6 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Apr, 2021 ) :Dutch police arrested a 58-year-old man Tuesday on suspicion of stealing two paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from small museums, saying it brought them closer to recovering both masterworks.
"This has led to the arrest of a 58-year-old suspect from Baarn. He was arrested at his home this morning. The man is suspected of stealing the paintings." The Van Gogh painting was stolen from the Singer Laren Museum near Amsterdam just over one year ago on March 30, 2020, while it was closed due to coronavirus measures.
It is around 10 kilometres (six miles) from Baarn where the suspect was arrested.
"I sincerely hope that this arrest will lead the police to the painting in the short term... It has now been a year since the break-in took place and every day we hope for this good news." The Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden said on its Facebook that there was now a "little bit of hope" about getting the Hals painting back.
The police statement said that "both paintings have not yet resurfaced with this arrest. The search continues unabated." "This arrest is an important step in the investigation. If you have information and have not yet shared it with the police please do this," it added.
- Target of crime - "Parsonage Garden" comes from early in Van Gogh's career, before the prolific artist embarked on his trademark post-impressionist paintings such as "Sunflowers" and his vivid self-portraits.
The theft happened on what would have been his 167th birthday.
It was recovered after six months and three years respectively.
Hals, a contemporary of fellow masters Rembrandt and Vermeer, is best known for works including "The Laughing Cavalier", which hangs in the Wallace Collection in London, and "The Gypsy Girl", now housed in the Louvre in Paris.
Van Gogh's works have been a frequent target of crime.
The paintings -- the 1882 " View of the Sea at Scheveningen" and the 1884/5 "Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen" -- were recovered from a home belonging to a mafia drug baron near Naples in 2016.