It is very curious that the criminal managed to take out a canvas from the hall on the 3rd floor, and at the peak hour, and also in the presence of the security officer. According to one of versions it happened so: the young man approached the canvas and asked the guard permission to photograph the painting. The security officer refused him, and then he had to immediately distract himself at another visitor. Taking advantage of the moment, the kidnapper put the painting in a shopping bag, then fled the crime scene.
There’s another version: as the New York Post reported, the thief told the guard he wished to photograph the artwork. The guard, in turn, didn’t object, but asked not to use the flash, then distracted on another visitor. And the thief calmly removed the canvas, put it in a bag and disappeared.
Nevertheless, the malefactor clearly recorded CCTV cameras installed in the gallery. The recording shows that he was dressed in a plaid shirt and walked into the picture gallery with a black bag. After a while, the criminal again came under the attention of the cameras – this time he held a bag in which, without any doubt, already lay the picture. It was understandable by the outline of the bag. “Police are still searching for the robber” reports the BBC.
It is worth noting that this is not the first time since the hijacking of paintings by Spanish artists this year. In January 2012, criminals who stole three paintings from the Athens Picture Gallery acted with less cynicism, but technical training was quite high. The thieves had their alarm turned off and a metal door was broken into. Having penetrated inside the gallery, intruders stole 3 canvases, one of which was Pablo Picasso’s “Head of the Woman”.
The second stolen exhibit was a painting of Mondrian’s hand dated 1905, depicting a mill by the river. It was one of the founders of abstract painting. His canvas was held by the Greek collector Alexandros Pappas. Later — in 1963 — the painting was bought from a collector and presented to the gallery.