The Straits Times
Published on Jan 23, 2013

Three Romanians arrested over Dutch art heist: report


BUCHAREST (AFP) - Three Romanians have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a major art heist in Rotterdam in October, the Mediafax news agency reported on Tuesday.

Romanian police confirmed to AFP that they "led operations in connection with the theft of paintings in the Netherlands", but refused to elaborate.

The three Romanians were detained at the request of the Romanian prosecutors' office dealing with terrorism and organised crime (DIICOT), according to Mediafax.

When contacted by AFP, DIICOT spokeswoman Nadina Spinu confirmed only that an "investigation was ongoing" and declined to give further details so as "not to interfere" with the probe.