Suspect Nabbed, $1M Painting Found After Brazen Moscow Gallery Heist
ART OF THE STEAL
Russian police have recovered a $1 million painting that was stolen from an art galley by a man who simply lifted it off the wall and waltzed out in front of visitors who assumed he was an employee. The work, a depiction of a Crimean mountainside by Arkhip Kuindzhi, was found undamaged at a Moscow building site after investigators got a tip, Reuters reported. They also arrested a 31-year-old suspect in the brazen Sunday evening heist at the Tretyakov Gallery. Video showed the thief striding confidently through the gallery crowded with no alarms or other security measures to stop him. A Ministry of Culture official said going forward, all artwork at the gallery—where a man damaged one of the most famous paintings in May—would be fitted with sensors.