It’s no secret that most museums around the world are closed due to the coronavirus. That might be bad news for museumgoers, but for thieves and burglars, it represents a golden opportunity. Van Gogh’s “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring” was stolen from the Singer Laren museum in Laren, Netherlands, early on Monday morning.
Reportedly, thieves smashed a glass door in the museum and fled with the painting minutes later. Although an alarm was triggered, police arrived too late to apprehend them. As no staff was on the premises, the break-in was likely accomplished with greater ease than would normally be the case.