One of two men convicted for stealing two paintings from the Van Gogh Museum in 2002, told his story to the Telegraaf over the weekend. Octave Durham told the newspaper that he and companion Henk B. actually wanted to steal the famous paintings Sunflowers and The Potato Eaters, but the first was too well guarded and the second was too large to fit through the window they broke to get into the museum.
Two Van Gogh paintings stolen from Amsterdam in 2002 and then recovered in the home of a mafia boss in Italy last year, is currently on show in Naples, Italian news site The Local reports. The paintings are on show in Naples until February 26th, as a thank you to the city for the local police's role in tracking them down.
An internationally sought drug dealer was arrested while shopping for groceries in Tilburg this weekend. The 38-year-old man is believed to be part of the mafia and was arrested at the request of the Italian authorities, NOS reports.
The Italian authorities suspect the man of heading an organization that traffics drugs - cocaine and ecstasy in particular - on Sardinia. He has both Dutch and Italian nationality and has been internationally wanted since spring last year. The man can face up to 24 years in jail in Italy.
Two stolen paintings by Vincent van Gogh, which were found in the possession of the Italian mafia last year, are returning to the Netherlands.
It may be years before the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam can welcome back two stolen Van Gogh paintings recovered in Italy three weeks ago. The paintings are evidence in a case against the Italian Mafia and can't be released until after the trial, stolen art hunter Arthur Brand said to BNR.
The two newly recovered Van Gogh paintings were found in the home of a high member in the Italian mafia. This is not very surprising and not the first time lost art was found with a mafia boss, art detective Arthur Brand explained to RTL Nieuws
A member of the notorious Italian 'Ndrangheta' mob has been arrested in a large-scale sting operation directed at mafia operations in Europe. The 46-year old Marc B., who runs a restaurant in Amsterdam, was arrested in February on suspicion of involvement in the mafia, including the delivery of cocaine to the Ndrangheta, De Volkskrant reports.