Art: Theft

The art treasures of the Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan bristle with electric burglar alarms, glass cages, crime-proof locks, watchmen. So elaborate are the precautions taken that vandalism has been deemed impossible.

On a hot Monday night recently, the guard assigned to the miniature portraits room of the Metropolitan took sick, was sent home to recover. The next morning, it was discovered that a glass case had been jimmied, that six priceless portraits painted on ivory framed with diamond-studded gold had been niched. As usual, detectives were perplexed as to the motive...

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