Belgian police release CCTV images in bid to identify Dali sculpture theft suspect

3 September 2010

Images of a man suspected of stealing a Dali sculpture from a Belgian museum have been released by police in a bid to identify him and recover the art work.

The bronze sculpture, entitled ‘Lady with Drawers’, was taken from a permanent exhibition of Dali art pieces at the Belfortmuseum in Brugge on the afternoon of Wednesday 18 August.

The unidentified man was caught on security cameras in the exhibition hall at around 2pm, and the artwork is believed to have been taken around that time.

He is thought to be aged between 25 and 35 years, of heavy build with dark medium length hair and had a moustache and small beard which may have been false. He was wearing jeans, a beige jacket and was carrying a white rucksack.

The Dali sculpture, set on rectangular base, is 18 cm wide, 42 cm long and 18 cm high and is stamped with the roman numerals I/VIII. The missing piece has now been added to INTERPOL’s database of stolen works of art, which includes details of more than 35,000 items from around the world.

Anyone who can help identify the suspect or has knowledge of the whereabouts of the sculpture is asked to contact the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Brussels, or contact the Stolen Works of Art unit at the INTERPOL General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France.