Italy: sculptures and jewelry worth one million euros stolen from an exhibition

Gold statues and jewelry created by artist Umberto Mastroianni have been stolen from a museum in northern Italy.

On Thursday, March 7, sculptures and jewelry from a famous Italian goldsmith worth one million euros were stolen in Italy, reports The Guardian. The events took place at an exhibition at the Annunzio museum, on the shores of Lake Garda, in the north of the country.

The 20 gold statues and 30 stolen jewels were the work of artist and resistance fighter Umberto Mastroianni, uncle of the famous actor Marcello Mastroianni. The thieves took everything on display except for one piece, which probably fell during their escape.

Alarm disabled

Exposition officials discovered the theft Thursday morning, a day before the exhibition closed. According to information from the local newspaper Brescia Today, the thieves entered the museum through a back door and deactivated the alarm.

The cultural advisor of the Lombardy region denounced “a cowardly gesture that affects one of the most important places of Lombardy culture.”

The Italian police specialized in cultural property are in charge of the case. A press conference is scheduled for this Saturday to provide an update on the investigation.

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