Picasso and Mondrian works stolen from Athens art gallery

Thieves have carried out a well organised, pre-dawn heist at Greece’s biggest state art museum, taking two oil paintings by 20th century masters Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian, police said.

A police statement said the burglars, who entered the museum on Monday morning through a balcony door, also took a drawing by the Italian 16th-century painter Guglielmo Caccia. Another work by Mondrian was removed from the gallery in one of the best-guarded areas of central Athens, but the thieves abandoned it as they fled. Museum officials were unable to estimate how much the stolen works were worth.

Police said the heist took about seven minutes. The thieves had intentionally set off alarms on several occasions since Sunday evening without actually entering the building, prompting guards to disable at least one — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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