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Police Seize Stolen Caravaggio Painting & Make Arrests

Associated Press

June 28, 2010

BERLIN — Police say they have recovered a stolen Caravaggio painting and arrested four members of an international gang of art thieves in the German capital.

Police said Monday the painting was recovered Friday after they arrested four men — three Ukrainians and a Russian — as they tried to sell it to an interested buyer in Berlin.

The 16th-century painting — “The Taking of Christ, or the Kiss of Judas” — is worth several million euros (dollars) and was stolen from the Museum of Western and Eastern Art at the Ukrainian city of Odessa in July 2008.

German federal police say the arrests were made in cooperation with Ukrainian police and that another 20 suspected art thieves were arrested in Ukraine.

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