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Cuban suspect for major Havana museum heist arrested

Greek police on Wednesday arrested a Cuban national suspected of stealing 71 artworks from the National Museum of Fine Arts in Havana last year.

Authorities believe the man, for who is wanted by Cuban authorities, intended to sell the artworks abroad.

The paintings were stolen during a massive heist in March 2014, when about 100 paintings disappeared from the museum’s storage. Following the theft, some of the artworks turned up in Miami, with an investigation started when an art dealer alerted the FBI.
The 36-year old man was located by a police unit specializing in arts and antiquities trafficking in the eastern Attica prefecture town of Koropi. He had been living in the residence of a 40-year-old local man, who was also arrested for violating laws on gun possession, after police found a handgun in his house.

Both suspects were led before the prosecutor.