Brazilian Cops Recover Stolen Picasso

Blue Period painting taken from Sao Paulo museum last month
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2008 2:20 PM CST
A member of the scientific police carries the hydraulic jack used by thieves to break through the door at the Sao Paulo Museum of Art in Sao Paulo, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2007. Thieves broke into the Sao...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Police in Brazil have recovered a Picasso painting stolen from a Sao Paulo museum last month and arrested two suspects yesterday. The Picasso, Portrait of Suzanne Bloch, and a painting by Brazilian Candido Portinari are valued at a combined $55 million. The thieves broke into the museum using a hydraulic jack and snatched both paintings in 3 minutes.

The nabbed suspects were part of a larger gang, cops tell Reuters. "The focus of the investigation from now on will be to find out who ordered the robbery and where they were taking the pictures," said the local police chief. The Picasso was painted in 1904 and is the last major work of the artist's Blue Period.