Van Gogh painting stolen from museum in the Netherlands found after 3.5 years
Van Gogh’s 1884 painting “Garden of the Parsonage in Nuenen”, which was stolen from a museum in the Netherlands in March 2020, was found 3.5 years later.
According to the BBC, the 139-year-old painting was handed over to Dutch detective Arthur Brand after about 3.5 years.
Brand said the Van Gogh painting was given to him in a bag wrapped in a pillowcase by an unnamed person.
Explaining that he took the painting back in coordination with the police, Brand said that it was known that the person who gave the painting was not involved in the theft.
Brand noted that the painting, which was passed from hand to hand among criminal organizations and sought by the police, was brought to him by a person “on condition of anonymity”.
The thief who stole the painting was identified by DNA
Nils M, the French-born thief who stole the painting in question, was identified through his DNA at the crime scene.
While the thief was sentenced to 8 years in prison in 2021, Van Gogh’s painting, worth millions of euros, could not be found.
Van Gogh’s painting “The Parsonage Garden in Nuenen” was stolen from a museum in Laren, Amsterdam, in March 2020.
The theft occurred as a result of breaking the glass walls of the Singer Laren Museum during the curfews in 2020, when the Covid-19 outbreak began.