Sunday, June 15, 2008

Brazil museum defends security after Picasso theft

Pablo Picasso

It seems "adequate" isn't quite the right word here.
A Sao Paulo museum hit by the theft of two Picasso engravings and two Brazilian paintings worth more than 550,000 dollars defended its security system Friday as "adequate."

The director of the Pinacoteca museum, Marcelo Araujo, told the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper that the daytime heist on Thursday by three armed men who rounded up the guards simply overwhelmed the measures in place, which he said were sufficient.

It gets even better.
None of the works was insured, the museum said Friday, correcting information given by Sao Paulo state secretariat of culture the previous day.

OK. I'll cut Marcelo some slack. He has a point.
"In cases of armed robbery we can't run the risk of resisting, because there could be unforeseeable consequences for the employees and for the public," he said.

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