3 sentenced for Swedish museum heist

Dec. 30, 2010 at 3:15 AM

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Three men were sentenced Wednesday for their roles in an art heist at Sweden's Malmo Art Museum, court records show.

Among the works snatched were Edvard Munch's "Two Friends," estimated to be worth about $1.4 million. Paintings by Gustaf Rydberg and Par Siegard were also taken.

The museum didn't notice the paintings were missing until police recovered them in early October during a raid on an apartment in Landskrona as part of an investigation into alleged credit-card fraud.

The Swedish news agency TT reported a 35-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to six months in jail for receiving stolen goods, while a 34-year-old was fined for handling stolen goods and a 52-year-old was sentenced to extended probation for aggravated theft.

"This was a terrible event and I would obviously have preferred that it had never happened, but it has brought something positive with it, it is that the attention has meant that we have received funds to address certain issues," museum head Goran Christenson told TT, adding new security measures are in place to safeguard the artworks inside the institution.

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