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Three Valuable Paintings Stolen in Brazil during armed robbery + Thieves Return Stolen Paintings

Three Valuable Paintings Stolen in Brazil

SAO PAULO – A group of 20 heavily armed men stole three valuable
paintings by Brazilian artists Candido Portinari and Tarsila do Amaral
from a house in Sao Paulo over the weekend, police said.

Portinari’s “O Cangaceiro” and “Retrato de Maria,” and Do Amaral’s
“Figura em Azul” were stolen on Sunday, police said, adding that the
artworks were not insured.

Two men appeared at the front door bearing Mother’s Day flowers for
the owner of the house, and the other armed men then ran inside and
subdued the seven people they found.

The thieves, who were in the house for 90 minutes, took the paintings,
cash, jewelry and other valuables.

Investigators said the robbery may have been committed by people who
were aware of the valuables at the house. EFE

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=334402&CategoryId=14090

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Art Thieves Return Stolen Paintings in Brazil

SAO PAULO – The artworks stolen over the weekend from a private
collection in Sao Paulo have been returned, Brazilian police said on
Wednesday.

The paintings by Brazilian artists Candido Portinari, Tarsila do
Amaral and Orlando Teruz were stolen on Sunday by a group of heavily
armed men.

Portinari’s “O Cangaceiro” and “Retrato de Maria,” Do Amaral’s “Figura
em Azul” (1923) and Teruz’s “Crucificaçao de Jesus” were left by the
railroad tracks near the offices of the TV Record network, police
said.

The television network’s security guards were told by an anonymous
caller exactly where the paintings had been left and immediately
notified police.

The paintings, which are worth some $1.4 million, will be examined by
an expert to make sure they are authentic.

Police found a bag next to the paintings that contained jewelry that
was also stolen Sunday from the residence of a hotel industry
executive.

A group of about 20 heavily armed men wearing police uniforms pulled
off the heist in Sao Paulo, police said.

A man appeared at the front door of the property bearing Mother’s Day
flowers for the owner, and the other armed men then ran inside and
subdued the seven people in the house.

The thieves, who were in the house for 90 minutes, took the paintings,
cash, jewelry and other valuables.

The paintings do not appear to have been damaged, police
superintendent Mario Palumbo Junior said.

In January 2008, police recovered “Portrait of Suzanne Bloch” by
Picasso and “Coffee Laborer” by Brazilian Candido Portinari, which had
been stolen from the Sao Paulo Museu de Arte.

Six months later, four artworks were stolen from the Pinacoteca state
art gallery in Sao Paulo.

The artworks, which included the 1933 Picasso engraving “Minotaur,
Fountain and Women,” were all recovered within two months.

The Picasso etching was found abandoned beside a highway on the west
side of Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. EFE

http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=334643&CategoryId=14090

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