Vincent van Gogh painting stolen from shuttered Netherlands museum

A painting by Vincent van Gogh was stolen early Monday from a museum in the Netherlands that is closed to prevent the spread of the corona virus.

Van Gogh’s “Spring Garden, the parish garden in Nuenen in spring” was removed from the Singer Laren Museum east of Amsterdam at around 3:15 a.m., according to a statement by the Dutch police.

The thief broke a glass door to get to the museum, the police said. On Monday afternoon, a large white board covered a door in the glass facade of the building.

The Singer Museum in Laren, the Netherlands, on March 30, 2020.Peter Dejong / AP

Police said the intrusion triggered an alarm, but when the officers arrived, there was no one in or near the museum. The suspect is still on the run.

The police asked residents living near the museum to share security cameras.

The value of the work borrowed from the Groninger Museum in the city of Groningen in North Holland was not immediately known.

The museum’s director-general, Evert van Os, said the institution that houses the American couple William and Anna Singer’s collection was “angry, shocked, sad” about the theft of the painting.

“I am shocked and incredibly upset that this has happened,” said the director of the Singer Laren Museum, Jan Rudolph de Lorm.

The Museum closed on March 12th along with other museums and theaters under the direction of Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

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