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.
• 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.