Stolen Pretoria art found in cemetery
South African police officials say that five of the art paintings stolen from the Pretoria Art Museum have been recovered, after they were found at a cemetery in the capital.

Four pieces of art, worth more than US$ 2 million was stolen on Sunday, when a group of armed robbers held up staff at the museum, demanding the paintings listed by them.

Law-enforcement officials confirmed that they received a tip-off, which led to the discovery of the paintings abandoned at a grave-yard site in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, some 1 100 kilometres from Pretoria.

Police authorities are continuing the investigation to search for the perpetrators, however no arrest have been as yet, along with one oil painting by local South African artists Gerard Sekoto,

The other four works of art, including the world-famous Irma Stern painting, was found at the cemetery under a bench.

Officials say that the paintings will be checked and analysed to make sure they were originals. The robbery on Sunday led to the closing of museum, with officials contemplating improving security.

Police were hoping to use the video surveillance footage, however it stopped working last week Thursday, three days before the robbery took place.
Last Modified: 2012-11-14 10:00:03
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