Thief Steals Art, Does Not Remember It

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Security footage from the robbery. (Courtesy ABC)

Michael Gerard Sullivan, a lawyer from Sydney, Australia, is accused of stealing two paintings from the Katoomba Fine Art Gallery while eating a meal in the restaurant attached to the gallery.

Mr. Sullivan pleaded guilty in court, though with a twist. From HuffPost:

[He] claimed he had no memory of the events that took place. After hearing from psychiatrists, the judge ruled that Sullivan had a case of “dissociative amnesia,” and was essentially playing the character of an “art thief” at the time the paintings were stolen. According to the sentence, he was then placed on a two-year “good behavior bond.”