Art: Amateur Burglary

Stealing art is a branch of burglary suitable only to the most skilled criminal, who can recognize the best work, lift it without damage, and—hardest of all—dispose of it through intermediaries, either to a collector who will keep the secret, or back to the owner or the insurance company. But with all the news of high prices at art auctions and of recent art burglaries all over, a lot of crooks of the wrong kind are getting into art theft. Last week the police were looking for the vandalous and amateur burglar or burglars who jimmied the front door of the...

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