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Two of the world’s top art-theft sleuths discuss the heist from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris

Two of the world’s top art-theft sleuths discuss the heist from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris by Milton Esterow What are the theories of two of the world’s top art-theft sleuths about the heist early Thursday morning of paintings by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Modigliani, and Léger worth at least $120 million from the Museum of Modern Art in Paris? “To get out of jail free, crooks use stolen paintings as negotiating cards,” said Robert Wittman, who created the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s art-crime team and is now a private art-recovery specialist. “When they get arrested for other criminal activity, they make a deal by providing information that leads to the recovery of stolen paintings,” he said. “The thief…

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