Does Art Theft Pay?

Munch's Scream Offered for Reduced Jail Sentence

David Toska, a suspect in the August 2004 theft of Edvard Munch's paintings "The Scream" and "Madonna" is plea bargaining the whereabouts of the two paintings in exchange for a reduced sentence for his role in the NOKAS theft. NOKAS is the Norwegian Cash Service, and police suspect that the Munch thefts were actually aimed at diverting police resources from the NOKAS case.

Meanwhile, in Britain the Guardian is reporting that a man who stole a museum painting in 1999 was busted when he bragged about the theft over a pint at a British pub. Another customer who overheard his bragging reported him to the police. The thief never did get his day in court, however, as he died while in custody!

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