France stops six stolen Banksy works of art: source


PARIS – Six people have been arrested in France for the theft of a work by British street artist Banksy stolen from the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, a judicial source said on Saturday.

The mural, which shows a veiled female figure looking sadly downward, was found on a farm in central Italy earlier this month, almost a year and a half after its withdrawal.

Two of those arrested are under formal investigation for suspected theft. The other four are suspected of concealment of theft, the source said.

The thieves are believed to have used portable grinders to remove the emergency exit door on which the mural was painted before transporting it in a van, Italian media reported when the work was discovered.


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