Thieves Steal Fake Painting Police got wind of a potential art heist from an Italian church, so they replaced the valuable painting with a copy.
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Thieves Steal Fake Painting

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Thieves Steal Fake Painting

Thieves Steal Fake Painting

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Police got wind of a potential art heist from an Italian church, so they replaced the valuable painting with a copy.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Thieves believe they got what they were looking for. They stole a painting from an Italian church. It was by the Flemish artist Pieter Brueghel the Younger - or so they thought. Police heard of the planning for the theft in advance and arranged for a copy to be made. And it was the copy the art thieves took off the wall. Police even trolled the thieves for a while, initially telling newspapers that the loss of the forgery was a blow to the community.

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