Cops nab 12 Verona museum heist suspects

Moldovan-Italian gang stole six Tintorettos

(ANSA) - Verona, March 15 - The Verona flying squad on Tuesday arrested 12 people on suspicion of robbing 17 Renaissance paintings from the city's Castelvecchio Museum last November. Three armed men broke into the museum just after closing time and before the alarm had been set for the night, stealing canvases worth an estimated 10-15 million euros.
    The loot included Andrea Mantegna's Holy Family with a Saint, Pisanello's Madonna of the Quail, Peter Paul Rubens' Lady with Campions, and six Tintorettos, Castelvecchio Museum Director Paola Marini told ANSA at the time.
    The 10 Moldovan and two Italian suspects include a suspected inside man. Nine arrests were carried out in Moldova and three in Verona, police said.
    The Carabinieri art squad is tracking down the stolen paintings, which have reportedly been identified in the former Soviet republic.