String of Art Thefts Hits Southern France

La Cadiere d'Azur, France, art theft
Thirty artworks were reported stolen from a private villa in La Cadiere d'Azur, France.
DRAGUIGNAN, FRANCE — Just days after a Degas pastel was reported stolen from the Cantini Museum of Marseille, another theft of artwork has occurred in the southern coastal town of La Cadiere d'Azur, France. The owner of a private villa was vacationing in Sweden at the time of the break-in but returned home after a caretaker reported the burglary. A preliminary inventory estimates around 30 artworks were taken, valued at a reported $1.4 million. The stolen collection includes pieces by Pablo Picasso and Henri Rousseau.

The medieval Provencal town of La Cadière d'Azur is a charming hilltop village surrounded by wooded hills of olive trees and famous vineyards. An investigation is being carried out by officials in nearby Marseille as well as by France’s Central Office for the Fight against Traffic in Cultural Goods. There is no indication that the two art crimes are linked.


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