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A thief who stole £800,000 worth of rare Imperial Russian court Fabergé objects and jewelery from Christie's Auctioneers last December, has gone on trial in London. Richard Tobin, 45, a Glaswegian confessed to the theft from the west end auction house. 

Southwark Crown Court were told that there is still no sign of the missing items. Jack Talbot the suspect's defence lawyer added: "He accepts he took the items. It may be part of the mitigation that he did not know their value." Judge Owen Davies explained to the defendant : "What happened to the property is uppermost in the court's mind. "The court does not have time to consider carefully your case so you will be appearing via video link on April 8. "You will be remanded in custody and you face a long prison sentence."

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Thursday, 12 December 2013 18:11

Damien Hirst Paintings Stolen in London

Two signed works by contemporary British artist Damien Hirst were stolen from the Exhibitionist Gallery in London. The works, which are from Hirst’s colorful spot paintings series, are worth around $54,000.

Officials believe that one person carried out the robbery and gained entry into the gallery by forcing open the front doors. It appears that the suspect had specifically targeted the two paintings.

Hirst, who rose to fame in the 1990s, is believed to be the richest living artist.  

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U.S. authorities arrested a female suspect on Monday, July 29, 2013 for attacking three iconic landmarks in Washington, D.C. with green paint. The 58-year-old woman has been charged with defacing two chapels in the Washington National Cathedral and police have questioned her about similar defacement seen on the Lincoln Memorial and Smithsonian Castle last week. Authorities are testing paint samples from the three locations to see if the incidents are connected.

Cleaning crews began working to rid the landmarks of the unsightly paint on Monday evening. Officials believe that paint removal and subsequent repair to the National Cathedral could cost an estimated $15,000. The Lincoln Memorial, which was vandalized on Friday, July 26, 2013, is about 90% paint-free.

The suspect, Jiamei Tianh, is currently in custody.

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Pedro Luis Enriquez who goes by the nickname “El Loco” or “the Madman” has pleaded guilty to stealing $15 million worth of jewelry and watches from Provident Jewelry in Jupiter, Florida.

Investigators believe that three people were involved in the heist that took place on January 22, 2011 although Enriquez, 41, was the only suspect who has been apprehended. The thieves used a jackhammer-style tool and a high-pressure cutting torch to open a vault surrounded by 10 inches of reinforced concrete. Inside the vault, police found an open bottle of wine and a small flashlight, which contained DNA matching Enriquez’s.

Miami-Dade County Police have recovered 170 of the 1,6000 pieces of jewelry, loose stones and watches that were stolen; four arrests have been made in connection to the trafficking of the stolen goods.

Investigators received their first break in the case three weeks after the robbery when one of the stolen loose stones turned up at the Gemological Institute of America in New York. Police tracked the stone to a pawnshop in Miami and were able to recover another 100 stones.

Enriquez, who will serve 15 years in prison, has not volunteered any information about the heist or his accomplices.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:11

Suspect’s Mother Burned Stolen Paintings

The mother of Radu Doragu, one of the suspects in the Kunsthal Museum art heist, admitted to burning seven stolen paintings including works by Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet. She said that she incinerated the works, which were valued at $130 million to “destroy any evidence.”

Doragu along with five other Romanians are accused of stealing Picasso’s Tete d’Arlequin, Monet’s Waterloo Bridge, London and Charing Cross Bridge, London, Henri Matisse’s La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune, Paul Gauguin’s Femme devant une fenetre ouverte, dite la Fiancee, Meyer de Haan’s Autoportrait, and Lucian Freud’s Woman with Eyes Closed from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam. The works were taken on October 16, 2012 in less than 90 seconds.

The suspects will stand trial in August for what is being called one of the most significant thefts in history.

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