At round 11:30am in the present day, June 28, 4 sharply dressed armed robbers breached the European Superb Artwork Basis (TEFAF) artwork honest within the Dutch metropolis of Maastricht, used a sledgehammer to interrupt a show case, and made off with gadgets of jewellery.
Guests have been evacuated and nobody was injured, in accordance with a TEFAF assertion shared with Hyperallergic. The honest has since reopened.
In a video posted on Twitter by Dutch journalist Henrik-Willem Hofs, one of many thieves is seen utilizing a sledgehammer to interrupt a glass show case whereas two others stand guard. Each look like holding weapons. A 3rd armed man turns into seen on the finish of the video, after which the 4 run out of the honest. The robbers have been sporting swimsuit jackets and flat caps and their faces have been uncovered.
In response to the Related Press, Dutch police mentioned they arrested two Belgian males, ages 22 and 26, en path to the Belgian border. The police additionally mentioned that the robbers had succeeded in stealing jewellery, however they didn’t specify which objects.
One other tweet by Henrik-Willem Hofs consists of photos that seize the smashed show case, as do extra pictures posted on Twitter by the French-language artwork publication La Tribune de l’Artwork.
A spokesperson for the honest instructed Hyperallergic: “TEFAF has strong procedures within the occasion of a safety breach. These have been exactly adopted, and all guests, exhibitors and employees have been safely evacuated.”
TEFAF is a prestigious worldwide artwork honest that showcases each jewellery and effective artwork. It’s slated to shut Thursday, June 30.