"If there is something to steal, I steal it!."
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PARIS — A thief stole five paintings possibly worth hundreds of millions of euros, including major works by Picasso and Matisse, in a brazen overnight heist at a Paris modern art museum, police and prosecutors said Thursday.
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The paintings disappeared early Thursday from the Paris Museum of Modern Art, across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower in one of the French capital's most chic and tourist-frequented neighborhoods.
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The intruder entered by cutting a padlock on a gate and breaking a museum window, the Paris prosecutor's office said.
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French Art Police spotted a suspicious truck parked just blocks from the museum.
Upon inspection they noticed the stolen paintings and apprehended the driver.
When asked why did he do it, the lone art thief spoke with a heavy accent,
" I had no Manet, to pay for Degas, to make the Van Gogh!"
english translation: i had no money, to pay for the gas, to make the van go.