In a broad daylight heist robbers have stolen four priceless paintings from the Jules Cheret museum in the French riviera town of Nice. Two of the works are by the Flemish painter Brueghel the Elder, and the others are by the French masters Monet and Sisley. Patricia Grimaud, conservation assistant at the museum explained the building’s alarm system: “The city of Nice has chosen to have personnel supervise security during the day and alarm systems at night. The theft happened during the day.”
Forcing museum staff to lie on the floor, the four armed men wearing hoods made off with the impressionist paintings. The same Monet and Sisley paintings were stolen once before in a 1998 robbery. The museum’s curator at the time was convicted of the heist and sentenced to five years in prison. Police say the four missing paintings will be difficult to sell.