Art museum targeted by armed trio

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Five paintings worth around R10-million have been stolen from the Pretoria Art Museum in Arcadia.

Pretoria - Five paintings valued at around R10-million were stolen from the Pretoria Art Museum in Arcadia on Sunday morning, Gauteng police said.

Three men had paid an admission fee of R10 to enter the museum, where they pretended to be viewing some of the artworks, Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale said.

“Once inside they pointed a firearm at the person at the counter and demanded certain paintings,” she said.

The suspects took five paintings and fled the scene in a silver Toyota Avanza.

Police were unable to immediately identify the paintings or the artists.

No arrests have been made. Police have opened a case of armed robbery. - Sapa


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