Masterpieces by PABLO PICASSO and HENRI MATISSE have been stolen from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, France during a $124.2 million (£77.6 million) heist.
Thieves smashed a window, broke into the gallery on Wednesday night (19May10) and escaped with five paintings including pieces by Georges Braque, Fernand Leger and Amedeo Modigliani.
Officials only realised something was wrong when they opened for business on Thursday (20May10) and discovered the broken glass from the window. The museum's hi-tech alarm system had not been triggered by the heist and security guards failed to notice any criminal activity.
Christophe Girard, the culture deputy for the Mayor of Paris, says, "This is a serious crime to the heritage of humanity... (committed by) one or more individuals who were obviously organised."
The missing Picasso work is Dove with Green Peas, which is worth an estimated $27.9 million (£17.4 million).
Police are investigating the incident and have yet to make any arrests in the case.
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