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Two Van Gogh Works Stolen from the Van Gogh Museum

7 December 2002

AMSTERDAM -- Sometime early Saturday morning, thieves broke into the Van Gogh Museum and stole two of Van Gogh's best known paintings from his early period.

One or more thieves used a ladder to scale the back facade of the Van Gogh Museum and apparently broke in through the roof. Although alarms were triggered, the thieves had enough time to steal two paintings: View of the Sea at Scheveningen and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen.

Forensics experts are studying broken glass found near the crime scene and police are reviewing the Van Gogh Museum's security tapes.

The theft at the Van Gogh Museum is puzzling in a number of respects:

Investigations continue.

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