Romanian Court Orders Art Thieves to Pay €18m Compensation For Heist

Adrian Procop, Alexandru Bitu, Olga Dogaru, Radu Dogaru and Petre Condrat the four Romanians who stole  works of art by Lucian Freud, Picasso, Gauguin and Monet belonging to the Triton Foundation have been ordered to pay over €18m in compensation to the insurance company for the paintings. The seven works were temporarily on loan to the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam and were stolen in a raid in 2012.

Olga Dogaru the mother of one of the thief’s told investigators that she burned the paintings in her stove in eastern Romania, in order to destroy evidence to protect her son. Radu Dogaru, 30, the mastermind of the heist, was sentenced to six years in jail in February. His accomplice Darie to five years and four months in jail, Procop was given a jail sentence of four years and eight months and Dogaru’s mother was jailed for two years, for their part in the robbery.

The stolen works of art by international masters included “Tete d´Arlequin” Pablo Picasso (in picture), “La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune” Henri Matisse, “Waterloo Bridge” and “Charing Cross Bridge” by Claude Monet, “Femme devant une fenêtre ouverte, dite la fiancée” Paul Gauguin, “Autoportrait” Meyer de Haan and “Woman with Eyes Closed” Lucian Freud.

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