Man Walks out of Gallery with a Painting

Lauren Beickert, Reporter

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n Sunday night, a man was caught on camera stealing a painting from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, Russia. The man was wearing jeans and a t-shirt, completely normal attire for a museum heist. He walked up to a painting of a mountain scene, titled, “Ai Petri, Crimea”, and took the painting. Witnesses touring the museum assumed he was an employee. By the time people realized the painting had just been stolen, the man was already gone. It took the police about 12 hours to locate the criminal, and 12 officers rushed into his apartment suited in bulletproof vests. In the interrogation video, the man denied all the charges that were pressed against him, and even told the police he could not remember where he was at the time of the crime. The painting was soon recovered once the man admitted where he had hidden it. It was found at a building site, luckily with no damage. The museum went on to install electronic alarms on all temporary exhibits.

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