Robbery in Museum – level 3

29-04-2020 15:00

A painting by Vincent Van Gogh with an estimated value of up to £5 million has been stolen from a Dutch museum. The painting stolen was Van Gogh’s ’Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring’, and it was painted in 1884.

A CCTV camera showed a sledgehammer being used in the raid at the Singer Laren museum in the Netherlands that was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The incident happened in the early hours of March 30. The burglar alarm was triggered by the break-in; however, the thieves had run away by the time police officers arrived.

The painting was a loan from another museum, and it was stolen on the day Van Gogh was born 167 years ago. The painting is still missing, and no arrests have been made.

Difficult words: estimated (roughly calculated), sledgehammer (a large, heavy hammer used for breaking up hard things), trigger (to make something start very quickly).

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