Authorities arrest 6 suspects in France for theft of Banksy’s fresco commemorating the attack on Bataclan

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Authorities arrested six people in connection with the theft of a Banksy mural dedicated to the victims of the Paris attacks in 2015. The work was recovered from a farm in Italy, near the Adriatic coast, earlier this month.During a visit to Paris in 2018, Banksy installed the stencil mural of a dark-looking woman with a veil on a steel door outside the Bataclan theater to commemorate the 90 lives lost. He had been on the run since last January, when hooded thieves removed the part with an angle grinder.

Today, six people have been taken into custody in connection with the crime, which caused widespread anger throughout France, pending their trial. Two were investigated for organized theft and four others were charged with concealing the theft. Although the identity of the suspects has not been revealed, Euronews reports that the French departments of Isère, Haute-Savoie, Var, Rhône and Puy-de-Dôme were involved in the investigation .

Workers prepare the mural fresco recovered from Banksy on June 10, 2020. (Photo FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP via Getty Images)

The work was in good condition when it was found by French and Italian police. The ornate metal had been stored in the attic of a farm occupied by Chinese nationals who did not seem to be aware of the precious work of art hiding on the top floor.

According to Standard Evening, one of the French police officers who intervened in the attack on the Bataclan theater was also on the scene when the door was rediscovered and “was overwhelmed with emotion”.

When the work was shown to the public last June after it was resumed, the French Embassy expressed relief. “It belongs to Bataclan,” said Christophe Cengig, a liaison officer at the French embassy, ​​during the event. “It belongs to all of France, in a sense. He added that the owners of the Bataclan theater “were delighted, very pleased” that the work had been recovered.

He is not the only Banksy to be targeted by thieves. In May, an opportunistic thief in a jumpsuit of hazardous materials was caught stealing Banksy’s job from a hospital in Southampton, UK, just days after his installation.

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