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True Crime (updated – originally posted 03/03/07)

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I read on the internets this week that two paintings were stolen from the home of Pablo Picasso’s granddaughter in France.  It’s been a while since we’ve had a good art theft, hasn’t it ?  While I am certainly against stealing – after all, it is one of His Commandments – I can’t help but be intrigued about it.

Back in the day, before drive-bys, crack dealers, road rage, identity theft, etc…, your “majors” were murder, gambling, prostitution and theft.  Ah, theft – would a crime by any other name sound so sweet ?  Let me explain.  Again, while I don’t agree with it, there is a certain romanticism about it.  Jewel thieves, cat burglars, antiquities traders and diamond smugglers – Hollywood crimes !

Part of me thinks it’s the movies I like to watch : To Catch A Thief, the Indiana Jones trilogy, Bond movies and The Maltese Falcon to name just a few.  In To Catch A Thief, Cary Grant is a retired cat burgler who gets set up by a copycat then tries to clear his name.  He goes to great parties, woos Grace Kelly (wow !) and lives in an awesome house on the French Riviera. Indiana Jones is in search of hidden treasure, only to have it stolen by the Nazis.  James Bond, well, he’s BOND !

You can’t help but fall in love with the genre – international intrigue, fast cars, beautiful women, exotic locations – the whole nine yards.  And while it may be Tinseltown’s version, it may not be far from the mark.  The Picasso thieves planned their caper, executed it masterfully, and possibly even stole it for some anonymous buyer.  Authorities all over Europe are searching for activity in the art dealing underworld, waiting for the perps to “surface”.  How do you fence $70,000,000 in stolen art ?  See what I mean – exciting isn’t it ?

OK – reality check (*sound of needle across a record*) – theft is theft is theft, and stealing is wrong.  Ms. Picasso is missing something that was very near and dear to her, and she probably feels violated and just wants her grandfather’s paintings returned unharmed.  Or did she set the whole thing up to collect on the insurance money ?  After all, they are just paintings, and money is money.  Does she have a lover on the side, and at this moment they are jet-setting to Monte Carlo in his private plane so that they can be together ?  Maybe HE is the one who arranged the heist ?  Hmmm…

Update : A jewel thief in Belgium steals $28 Million in diamonds from an Antwerp bank.  If anyone sees anything on the internets about these two crimes, please feel free to comment so we can stay updated.


Written by johntheirishman

Thursday, 15 March, 2007 @ 6:00 at 6:00

Posted in Randoms

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  1. Actually we are on our way to Aruba, details details. Seriously, good post jti.


    Saturday, 3 March, 2007 @ 15:36 at 15:36

  2. Hey! Don’t suppose you are coming down this month, are ya?


    Sunday, 4 March, 2007 @ 19:44 at 19:44

  3. Hey Jackie ! Doesn’t look like we can go anywhere for awhile. What’s you’re new show ?


    Sunday, 4 March, 2007 @ 21:02 at 21:02

  4. jti I hate to clutter up the comments off topic, but you don’t have an email listed. For that avatar, I didn’t find a way to get rid of it, but with my blog it does not show up unless I am logged in and then make a comment. Give it a try.


    Monday, 5 March, 2007 @ 7:19 at 7:19

  5. see what I mean?


    Monday, 5 March, 2007 @ 7:22 at 7:22

  6. DFM : Yeah, I know the “logged in” part – I just want it gone…


    Monday, 5 March, 2007 @ 7:40 at 7:40

  7. Got the email, you should take that comment down immediately or your email will be harvested by an thousand spambots.


    Monday, 5 March, 2007 @ 8:52 at 8:52

  8. Good idea re:eMail – voice of experience mayhaps ?


    Monday, 5 March, 2007 @ 9:03 at 9:03

  9. My blog in blogger version one was a spam magnet and i know what draws spam – nothing draws spam like an exposed email address. They are FAST too.


    Monday, 5 March, 2007 @ 12:51 at 12:51

  10. Love that avatar by the way – even if I find out how to remove it I won’t tell you just so I can see that black square next to your name.


    Monday, 5 March, 2007 @ 12:52 at 12:52

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  12. […] — johntheirishman @ 4:41 The stolen Picassos worth almost $70 million from my earlier post ( have been recovered in Paris !  Guess they didn’t get very far in 5 months.  Story here : […]

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