They Were Discriminating Thieves …

Français : Bâtiment de 1912 du Musée des Beaux...


On September 4, 1972, Art thieves robbed the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts of $3 million of paintings and art objects.  One of their loot included a $1 million Rembrandt!  It’s the largest art theft in Canadian history.

“They were discriminating thieves and had a fairly good idea of what they were looking for,” says museum spokesman Bill Bantey.

To hear a news bit on the story, follow Peter Mansbridge at CBC Digital Archives.  Here is a teaser:

• The three armed thieves used a ladder propped against a back wall of the museum to enter through the skylight which was only partially alarmed due to repairs.

• Some 20 more paintings were left after the thieves accidentally set off a door alarm while leaving the museum.




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