Five Modern Works Stolen from Paris Museum

May 20, 2010 Updated: May 20, 2010

A thief broke into the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris, France, and stole five of the world’s most renowned modern works of art Wednesday without getting noticed.

According to the mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, the motion detectors in the museum had been out of order for a few weeks, however, the alarm system and video surveillance should have been working perfectly.

Entering by way of a cut out window, the thief was able to take Picasso’s Doves with Green Peas, Matisse’s Pastorale, Braque’s Olive Tree near I’Estaque, Modigliani’s Woman on the Range, and Léger’s Still Life with Candlesticks. The cost of the stolen paintings is estimated to be 100 million pounds (about US$125 million).