Seven People, Including a Man and His 74-Year-Old Mother, Are Found Guilty of Involvement in a $2 Million Paris Art Theft

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Seven People, Including a Man and His 74-Year-Old Mother, Are Found Guilty of Involvement in a  Million Paris Art Theft

A criminal court in Paris pleaded seven people to the serious theft of eight paintings from a pensioner’s house two years ago, including two by French master Pierre Soulages. According to the French daily, the judgments of those who participated in or benefited from robbery ranged from four and a half years in prison to suspended sentence. Le Figaro..

The crime occurred on the night of July 27, 2020, when a thief entered an apartment in the luxury 7th arrondissement of Paris through an open window and climbed into the bedroom of a soundly asleep 75-year-old owner. ..

according to Le FigaroThe thief was stolen about a valuable storehouse by a “big art gallery dealer” and stole eight paintings, jewels and a bust of the victim’s late husband, worth a total of € 2 million ($ 2 million). In addition to Soulages’ work, which is reported to have a studio in the same building, other paintings were by Gerhard Richter, Hans Hartung, André Lanskoy, and Jean Fautrier.

The thief was arrested after being captured by a public video surveillance camera and thanks to a witness statement from a neighbor who took a picture of the thief.Two men He confessed to the crime in police detention, leading to the prompt return of the six paintings.The other two were confiscated During a police attack.

The judgment was more generous than the judgment requested by the prosecutor during the June trial.

A 35-year-old man, named only Tarick H, was found guilty of robbery and criminal conspiracy and sentenced to the heaviest sentence of four and a half years in prison. He was absent from yesterday’s judgment, so his arrest warrant was issued. A 27-year-old man, also convicted of theft, was sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Tarik H.’s 74-year-old mother was found guilty of receiving stolen goods and was ordered to pay at least 12 months of 18 months of house arrest using an electronic tracking bracelet.

Meanwhile, Tarick H.’s former lawyer was sentenced to five months with a suspended sentence for receiving one of the paintings as a gift. She told the court that she had committed this misdemeanor from the panic horror of her previous client.

Three young men convicted of a criminal plot or receipt of stolen goods are sentenced to three to six months outside prison using an electronic tracking bracelet.

Defendants were ordered to pay € 8,800 ($ 8,954) for damages and € 4,500 ($ 4,579) for statutory costs.

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