Great Britain: An Unprofitable Robbery

Stealing art has always been as un profitable—and about as risky—as rustling elephants from a zoo. Just how varied are the frustrations of this form of larceny became quickly apparent last week to a band of thieves who carried away from a little college "picture gallery" in London's outskirts the most valuable art haul on record.

The gang members were vocationally talented; they drilled 48 holes to remove a panel in a stout oak door of the Dulwich College museum without tripping an alarm attached to the frame. Their taste in art was...

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