Tuesday, February 12, 2008

From the annals of cool crime

Pretty much every news outlet is running this story about how men in ski masks walked into a private museum in Zurich and in three minutes made off with works by Cezanne, Degas, van Gogh and Monet were valued at about $163.2 million.
I know this isn't outdoors related, but there's something very appealing about a story like this. My wife is a criminal defense attorney, and from what I can tell, most crime isn't a result of clever, devious planning. It's a result of foolish impulsiveness. Criminals are stupid. They do things like steal aluminum poles from work, then try to sell them at the scrap yard and get caught because they are stupid. There isn't even usually malice involved. Just stupidity. So it's intriguing when a well-executed, obviously smart caper like this happens. I appreciate people who do their homework.
For more tales of this sort, check out a site the FBI maintains specifically focused on art theft.

2 comments:

Teleken said...

Since only 2-3 % of crimes actually result in conviction/jail time you know the jails are full of pretty stupid criminals. If your wife works for the PD office I'm sure she has some doozy stories that fail to match this crimes masterful planning.

A Snowboarder said...

"...men in SKI MASKS walked into a private museum in Zurich and in three minutes made off with works by Cezanne, Degas, van Gogh and Monet..."

Damn skiers! Always causing trouble on and off the mountain! Notice that they weren't wearing baggy camo snowboard pants. Since it's Europe, they were probably wearing skin-tight one-piece ski suits. Besides, snowboarders would never have been able to do this in three minutes, it would take that long to just sit there and put on all the gear.