Policie zatkla podezřelé z krádeže cenných obrazů
Hradec Kralove – The police have arrested two men suspected of the theft of valuable works by Czech painters Jan Zrzavy and Vaclav Spala from the museum in Novy Bydzov, east Bohemia, in November, regional police spokeswoman Iva Markova told CTK today.
One of the men was stealing on the spot, the other one allegedly organised the theft.
The theft that also included historical books and coins was worth about four million crowns.
Zrzavy (1890-1977) and Spala (1885-1946) are among the most prominent Czech modern painters.
Markova said the police will announce details at a press conference at 13:00 today.
Theft of valuable works of art is relatively rare in east Bohemia.
In 2003 thieves stole six paintings by Josef Capek (1887-1945) from the museum in Male Svatonovice, causing a damage of 6.5 million crowns. The thieves were caught and sent to prison for 8.5 to nine years in 2005.