Stolen Banksy artwork: France arrests six
PARIS (FRANCE) – The French police arrested six people over the theft of an artwork by British street artist Banksy. It was stolen from the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, a judicial source said on Saturday.
The mural, which depicts a veiled female figure staring mournfully downwards, was found at a farmhouse in central Italy earlier this month, nearly a one-and-a-half years after it was stolen.
Two of those arrested are under formal investigation on suspicion of theft. The other four are suspected of concealing theft, the source said.
Police assume the thieves used portable grinders to remove the fire-exit door on which the mural was painted before carrying it off in a van, Italian media reported.
The Bataclan, one of Paris’ best-known rock venues, was stormed by militants during a concert in November 2015, as part of coordinated attacks around the city that killed 130 people.
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