A security guard on duty at the Sao Paulo Museum of Art on Dec. 20, when a Picasso and a Brazilian painting were stolen, is a suspect in the heist, O Globo reported, citing unidentified police officials

Brazil Police Suspect Employee in Picasso Theft, Globo Reports

By Adriana Brasileiro

Dec. 27 (Bloomberg) —

The security guard encouraged his colleagues to sleep while on duty overnight, telling them he would watch the video from security cameras, Globo said.

The police secured warrants to obtain the phone records of three unidentified suspects in the theft, the newspaper added.

Twenty-one employees of the museum have been questioned by the Sao Paulo police, Globo added.

To contact the reporters on this story: Adriana Brasileiro in Rio de Janeiro at abrasileiro@bloomberg.net