Friday, April 27, 2007

Three Men Convicted of Stealing Edvard Munch Works

Three Men Convicted of Stealing Edvard Munch Works


left: Edvard Munch, Madonna. right: Edvard Munch, The Scream.

OSLO, NORWAY.- Three men were convicted in Oslo of stealing two works by Edvard Munch, The Scream and Madonna, by an appeals court. The works were stolen from the Munch Museum in 2004 and were damaged when the police recovered them. The thieves were sentenced to different prison terms, ranging from five and a half years to nine and a half years. They were also sentenced to pay $263,000 in damages. The longest sentence was for the driver, Petter Tharaldsen. The one who planned the theft, Bjoern Hoen, was sentenced to nine years. Stian Skjold, who entered the museum wearing a mask, was sentenced to five-and-a-half years after being acquitted of the crime last year. They all pleaded not guilty. The fourth thief died of a heroin overdose last year, according to police.


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