Heist! Five Paintings Stolen From Paris Museum

May 20, 2010: In a bold overnight heist, thieves — or possibly one thief — stole five paintings from the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris. The alarm system had been disarmed and three guards on duty say they saw nothing. A surveillance video shows one masked burglar, and staff found a cut padlock and a broken window this morning.

The paintings are valued between 100 million and 500 million euros.

Above, “La Pastorale” by Henri Matisse

“Le pigeon aux petits-pois” (The Pigeon with the Peas) by Pablo Picasso

“La femme a l’eventail” (Woman with a Fan) by Amedeo Modigliani

“L’olivier pres de l’Estaque” (Olive Tree near Estaque) by Georges Braque

“Nature-mort aux chandeliers” (Still Life with Chandeliers) by Fernand Leger

The exterior of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

cc:Maciej Zgadzaj

Paris police remove frames from the museum as they investigate the heist.

Newscom/Zuma Wire

Newscom/Max Photos

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