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New sentences in Rotterdam Kunsthal paintings theft

Two thieves involved in the theft of seven paintings of the Kunsthal museum of Rotterdam were sentenced on Monday by the Court of the 3rd District of Bucharest; Adrian Procop got 6 years, 8 months in prison, and Alexandru Mitu 2 years in prison. Procop was sentenced to 4 years, 8 months for initiating an organized crime group and robbery, to which 2 years were added of a previous conviction for theft in 2012.
Mitu was sentenced without suspension – normally possible for short prison terms – for handling stolen goods. The court sentenced Radu Dogaru, Eugen Darie, Adrian Procop and Olga Dogaru (Radu’s mother) to pay EUR 18,100,000 to claimant Syndicate 33 of Loyd’s of London, the insurer of the stolen paintings.
Olga Dogaru also got a sentence of 2 years in prison, without suspension, for helping a criminal and for breaching the law on guns and ammunition. Model Petre Condrat, an assistant of fashion designer Catalin Botezatu, was fined RON 45,000 for handling stolen goods.
The sentences are subject to appeals.
Radu Dogaru and Darie got irrevocable convictions of 6 years, and respectively 5 years, 4 months in February, after pleading guilty.
Procop and Radu Dogaru are charged of breaking into the Kunsthal museum of Rotterdam during the night of October 15 to 16, 2012, with the complicity of Darie, and stole seven oil and watercolour paintings estimated at 18 million euros; the list includes Harlequin Head by Pablo Picasso, Reading Girl in White and Yellow by Henri Matisse, Waterloo Bridge and Charing Cross Bridge by Claude Monet, Woman in Front of an Open Window, also known as The Fiancée by Paul Gauguin, Meyer de Haan’s self-portrait, and Woman with Eyes Closed by Lucian Freud.

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