13 arrested in Verona art heist, paintings still missing

AP News
Posted: Mar 16, 2016 12:22 PM

MILAN (AP) — Authorities have arrested 13 suspects in Italy and Moldova for the brazen armed robbery of 17 paintings, including works by Tintoretto, Rubens and Mantegna, from Verona's main art museum in November.

Italian Carabinieri police on Wednesday identified one of the suspects as the guard who was on duty when three armed robbers entered the Castelvecchio Museum at closing time, just before the alarm system was activated. Eight of the suspects were arrested in Italy, the rest in Moldova.

Authorities are still working on recovering the paintings, valued at 15 million euros ($16.5 million).

Newly released video shows the masked and armed thieves working their way through the museum, patiently removing the paintings from the walls and easels where they were mounted before escaping in two vehicles.