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2:58 pm
Sun July 21, 2013

When Thieves Don't Appreciate The Art They Steal

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 3:58 pm

Wednesday, Romanian officials said a pile of ashes had been discovered in the home of an art thief's mother. They are believed to be all that remains of seven masterpieces by Picasso, Matisse and others, stolen from a Rotterdam gallery last fall. Host Jacki Lyden talks with Robert Wittman, former director of the FBI Art Crimes Unit, about this theft and the profitability of art heists in the Internet age.

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