I'm curious why she chose to do this. Was she trying to hide the evidence? Did she just consider the art to be junk?
Amazing how they have, maybe a security guard, and millions of dollars in art hanging. Granted art can be recovered and stolen one cannot be sold easily
Possibly some newspaper morgue has an article about it, it caused quite a few giggles at the time. The funny thing is that nobody could describe the perps but everybody could describe their overalls.
Now, I wonder what success rate you'd have if you asked a bystander to carry the other end ... probably quite high.
Basically they would steal said artwork but instead of selling, the point is to keep it in hidden storage.
Then if at some point further down the line the criminal gets arrested in relation to another crime, they use the location of the artwork as leverage during plea bargaining.
This is one of the major theories in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum heists in the 90's.
Edit: apparently it was multiple buckets not just one.
The deed itself; the kick of doing something which isn't allowed.
Owning the stolen goods; owning something unique akin to a trophy.
However a legit buyer of a piece of art can show it off (like people -mostly male, it seems- seem to have this urge to show off materialistic things such as their cars or smartphones). Someone who stole something, especially if its unique, cannot show it off because it increases the chance of them getting busted. So eventually, they need a normal income while they own these expensive trophies, or they need to launder the goods. Which doesn't work very well with such unique antiquities.
His mother is a terrible person who should go to prison for life for intentional destruction of irreplaceable cultural items in order to cover up serious crimes.
As far as the thief himself goes his own culpability is much less than hers.
What do we hope to gain from locking up an old woman?
How's prison working out as a deterrent, generally?
There are so many things I wouldn't do because I know I'd get in trouble.
Is that bad?
I'm a serial jay walker. I'm not sure that's evidence of the crumbling of western civilization.
I don't think the law should aim to eliminate all crime. In my opinion, there are systemic limits to how efficient law enforcement can me: clamp down too hard on type 2 errors, and type 1 errors rear their ugly heads.
Which isn't to say that what we've got is the best that can be.
I suspect this guy have some mental issues.