Friday, December 24, 2010

Man Digs Tunnel. Man Steals Almost $1M Worth Of Art


How many times have you seen a movie where the thieves tunnel into a building and steal everything? About ten, maybe more right? Well, someone actually did it for real over Thanksgiving Day Weekend and they did it in New York. Somehow, some person or persons dug a tunnel into a Manhattan apartment hallway. They then took their time and made off with almost a $1M worth of art including some Andy Warhol paintings and a Lichtenstein. The thieves were also smart enough to take the video recorder which captures all the security footage. Yes, there is no point in recording security footage if someone can just take the player. You would think if you would go to all that trouble that your recorder would be offsite, or inaccessible to the thief.

The police don't have a clue as to who stole it and unless they mess up, the person will probably never be caught. The sad thing is they will probably only get a few hundred grand for the paintings and they will never be seen again.

13 comments:

rebellious, contrary and nice said...

I heard about this. I am trying to figure out why the residents did not hear anything once the thieves were very close? The home owner was also marked because someone had to know what was there.

MISCH said...

Of course, someone has to have planned the robbery....and cased the joint (always wanted to say that) or the apt. could have been in a magazine editorial ....anyway they knew exactly what was there...

KiKi said...

Or the owner was in on it, will collect the insurance money and sell the paintings to private collectors .... have I watched too many movies?!! LOL

MISCH said...

I just looked up the original article the thieves broke in through the wall near the door....I've heard this before, people put all the money into the steel door and the locks...when the wall surrounding it is just an ordinary wall and easy to break through....crazy...this guy owned the entire building as well as tons of real estate and a very successful business.....

ureallyannoyme said...

I have a mental image of the robber taking notes while watching Burn Notice:

"Anyone with a valuable art collection will have their doors and windows hard-wired to a central alarm system that is monitored 24 hours a day. What they don't think to protect are their particle board walls, which leaves their collection vulnerable to anyone with $5 to buy an x-acto knife at the local hardware store."

timebob said...

this is why crazy expensive art should be in museums. Let everybody enjoy it not just one rich d-bag.

Cheryl said...

Said in your best Michael Weston voice...love the reference.

Once again, Hollywood teaching people how to be better criminals!

sunnyside1213 said...

ditto that timebob. I don't know why people don't have forgeries and the real deal in a big ol safe.

sunnyside1213 said...

I think collectors pay thieves to steal art works they covet.

KellyLynn said...

This is a little bit of a tangent, but did you hear about the theives in Spain who stole a truckload art, and then tried to sell one of the million-dollar sculptures for $40 in scrap? Talk about stupid criminals.

surfer said...

maybe the thieves are collectors...ya never know.

Robert said...

Another tangent: how about the violinist who stopped for a sandwich at Euston Station in London and realized her $1,850,000 Stradivarius had disappeared, along with a $95,000 bow? Police have apprehended suspects but not recovered the violin, somehow. Oh my God...

Lissette said...

I LOVED the Burn Notice reference!!!!
Thanks!