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Dutch suspect arrested in theft of Van Gogh

A Van Gogh painting and Frans Hals painting were stolen from Dutch museums last year. A suspect has finally been arrested, although the paintings remain missing. The Associated Press has the story:

Middle-aged man arrested in connection with disappearance of Van Gogh and Hals paintings

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch police said Tuesday they have arrested a suspect in the theft last year of two valuable paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from two different museums. The paintings, however, remain missing.

In a statement posted on Twitter, police spokeswoman Maren Wonder said a 58-year-old man was arrested at his home in the Dutch town of Baarn. His identity was not released, in line with Dutch privacy guidelines.

“Unfortunately we haven’t yet recovered the paintings and the investigation is continuing,” Wonder said. She called the arrest “a really important step in the investigation.”

Exterior view of the Singer Museum in Laren, Netherlands, Monday March 30, 2020. Dutch police said Tuesday April 6, 2021, that they have arrested a suspect in the theft last year of two valuable paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from two different museums. The paintings, however, remain missing. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
FILE- In this Monday, March 30, 2020, file photo, a cameraman films the glass door which was smashed during a break-in at the Singer Museum in Laren, Netherlands. Dutch police said Tuesday April 6, 2021, that they have arrested a suspect in the theft last year of two valuable paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals from two different museums. The paintings, however, remain missing. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

‘The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884’

“The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884” by Van Gogh was snatched from the Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam in the early hours of March 30. The museum was closed at the time due to a coronavirus lockdown.

The Hals work, “Two Laughing Boys,” was stolen some five months later from Museum Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden in Leerdam, 60 kilometers (about 35 miles) south of Amsterdam.

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