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$163.2 Million Art Heist in Switzerland

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  • Three armed and masked men stole four masterpieces by Cezanne, Degas, van Gogh, and Monet worth $163.2 million from a Zurich museum. Sunday's art heist was one of the largest ever in Europe. The still-at-large robbers stole the paintings from the E.G. Buehrle Collection. — ABC News

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  • The European Union has proposed sweeping immigration reform in an attempt to combat illegal immigration, terrorism, and organized crime. Non-Europeans, including citizens of the US and other countries whose citizens do not need visas to enter, would need to submit biometric data before crossing Europe’s border. — The New York Times

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JessNess JessNess 7 years
You are not getting my point that stealing art work does not pay off the way that thieves think it will.I love art and definitely see this as a tragedy but I was trying to make a point about how stealing a painting is not as profitable as people would think
JessNess JessNess 7 years
You are not getting my point that stealing art work does not pay off the way that thieves think it will. I love art and definitely see this as a tragedy but I was trying to make a point about how stealing a painting is not as profitable as people would think
designergirl designergirl 7 years
WHo cares if they get full market value? They stole them and are making a huge profit. It's a shame that people won't get to enjoy them.
beingtazim beingtazim 7 years
maybe those thieves watched "how to steal a million" (with audrey hepburn) too many times.
JessNess JessNess 7 years
They will sell to private collectors but will never get a full market value. Plus that private collector has to be extremely careful of who they let know they have the picture or else they will be in a lot of trouble.
JessNess JessNess 7 years
They will sell to private collectors but will never get a full market value. Plus that private collector has to be extremely careful of who they let know they have the picture or else they will be in a lot of trouble.
janneth janneth 7 years
Don't some thieves sell to rich art connoisseurs who just want the stuff for their personal viewing? (Or was that in a movie?)
JessNess JessNess 7 years
The thieves are stupid. No art collector in their right mind would ever purchase those. They can never resurface in public without outcry. Plus they will never get full market value.Stealing paintings really is not as valuable as it would seem
JessNess JessNess 7 years
The thieves are stupid. No art collector in their right mind would ever purchase those. They can never resurface in public without outcry. Plus they will never get full market value. Stealing paintings really is not as valuable as it would seem
janneth janneth 7 years
Pretty soon visitors will need to submit biometric data before entering museums, to prevent theft of valuable art works!...Judging by the stolen paintings, I would say the thieves have good taste.
JovianSkies JovianSkies 7 years
Those who stole the art pieces should spend life in jail. Those aren't just famous works of art, they're tributes to progress, and movements in humanity.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 7 years
I hope those works are recovered. :( That breaks my heart.
mymellowman mymellowman 7 years
"The European Union has proposed sweeping immigration reform in an attempt to combat illegal immigration, terrorism, and organized crime. Non-Europeans, including citizens of the US and other countries whose citizens do not need visas to enter, would need to submit biometric data before crossing Europe’s border."So, the EU, the same group who have been complaining about the US wanting to collect similar forms of data from anyone coming into the US, wants to begin collecting Biometric data to combat illegal immigration, terrorism, and organized crime. Interesting.......
mymellowman mymellowman 7 years
"The European Union has proposed sweeping immigration reform in an attempt to combat illegal immigration, terrorism, and organized crime. Non-Europeans, including citizens of the US and other countries whose citizens do not need visas to enter, would need to submit biometric data before crossing Europe’s border." So, the EU, the same group who have been complaining about the US wanting to collect similar forms of data from anyone coming into the US, wants to begin collecting Biometric data to combat illegal immigration, terrorism, and organized crime. Interesting.......
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