Dutch Art Thieves Entered Through The Back Door

From the security footage.

More developments today in the case of the art robbery at the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam last week that saw seven works by artists like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Lucian Freud and Claude Monet stolen. If you’re just joining us, last week museum officials dismissed the idea that the back door was left open, allowing the thieves to sneak into the museum that way.

Today it appears that, if the door wasn’t open, the thieves certainly did seem to get in through the back door. Here’s The New York Times.

The Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam, facing strong criticism over its security measures after seven valuable paintings were stolen last week, on Monday issued a statement explaining that the thieves were able to snatch the artworks swiftly after an alarm briefly deactivated a rear door’s electronic lock.

So the door wasn’t left open, but it was possible to deactivate its locks. And without too much effort, from the security footage!

“We must always make the trade-offs between safety and security,” The Times quotes Emily Ansenk, director of the museum, saying in a statement.

Dutch Art Thieves Entered Through The Back Door