The loud crime happened on Nomember, 26. The Australian police reported that at 17:15, three criminals pretending to be visitors entered the Viennese auction house Dorotheum, went upstairs to the second floor and took the picture from the wall. Afterwards they separated and disappeared through different exits.
The landscape was supposed to be sold on Wednesday, November 28. Renoir's painting "The Gulf, the Sea, Green Rocks" (Golfe, Mer, Falaises Vertes) dates back to 1895, its size is 27 x 40 sm. Experts estimated its value in €120 000-160 000.
Although the canvas was fully insured, the police officers started searching for the culprits. One of the suspects was detained in Amsterdam in the middle of December, 2018, and on December, 28, he was transferred to Vienna, according to the representative of the Land Court of Vienna. He is being held in custody as a preventive measure.
As it appeared, the detained suspect is 59 years old citizen of Ukraine. The man, apparently, specializes on stealing pieces of art, he also has the similar criminal record, the Australian press reports. In 2005 he was convicted, because of stealing the picture by the famous artist Ivan Aivazovsky in one of the Ukrainian museums.
The bag similar to the one, in which the picture was carried, was found in his hotel room during his detaining. The picture itself was not found. Officers continue to search for accomplices. They also believe that the possible buyer of Renoir's work lives in the Northern Europe.