$160M in Art Stolen in Zurich

'Spectacular' heist nets 4 masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, and Cezanne
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 11, 2008 9:10 AM CST
Poppies near Vetheuil, by Claude Monet, one of the paintings stolen in a heist being described as "spectacular" by law enforcement.   (AFP)
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(Newser) – A gang of armed art thieves absconded with four masterpieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Monet, and Cezanne worth $160 million from a Zurich museum yesterday. The brazen daytime robbery follows a theft of two Picassos in Switzerland just two days earlier. The three masked thieves confronted a guard with guns, grabbed the paintings, and took off in a white vehicle, said authorities, who described the operation as a "spectacular" heist.

Monet's Poppies Near Vetheuil, Degas' Count Lepic and His Daughters, Van Gogh's Chestnut in Bloom, and Boy in the Red Waistcoat by Paul Cezanne were taken. Police are hunting for yesterday's thieves as well as those who took the Picassos, which were on loan from Germany to another Swiss town.