Rembrandt Lifted From LA Hotel
Drawing stolen while curator was distracted
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2011 8:19 AM CDT
Rembrandt paintings, not the drawing stolen, are shown.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

(Newser) – A small pen-and-ink drawing by Rembrandt was stolen from a California Ritz-Carlton Saturday night in what detectives are calling a "well-thought-out and well-planned theft." The Judgment, an 11-by-6-inch drawing worth more than $250,000, was on display at the Marina del Rey hotel during an exhibit for potential buyers, the Los Angeles Times reports. It went missing between 10:20pm and 10:35pm, while the curator was distracted. It's not clear whether the person doing the distracting is connected to the heist, but detectives do believe the thief had accomplices. (Click to read about why Rembrandts are so popular to steal.)