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Two men placed in police custody for the theft of a work of Banksy in Paris in September

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The work of the famous street-british artist Banksy had been stolen near the Centre Pompidou in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, at the beginning of September 2019. Five months later, two people were in custody Tuesday, February 4, in the course of the investigation, told Agence France-presse (AFP) from several sources.

These two men of 32 and 35 years were arrested in the Val-d’oise and Seine-et-Marne on Tuesday morning, according to a source close to the investigation, confirming information of LCI. They have been placed in custody in the framework of the investigation opened by the public prosecutor of Paris on 3 September. A justice source confirmed to the AFP “custody” pursuant to a letter rogatory from a juge d’instruction, who may then decide to implement or not test.

The works of Banksy have been seized during searches, but they still need to be investigated to find out if they are originals or copies. The work was stolen near the Centre Pompidou, however, has not been found.

Homage to May 68

The british artist, who likes to keep his identity secret, but is one of the most highly-rated in his / her environment, had struck a major blow in June 2018 by disseminating a series of stencils, the tone sometimes very political, in the capital. He had claimed the authorship of eight works, including a silhouette in the sad face on a door at the Bataclan and a small rat on the nose masked and brandishing a knife, near the Pompidou Centre.

This work is carried out on the underside of the input panel ” of a parking lot that was stolen in the night of 1 to 2 September. The Pompidou centre had filed a complaint ” for theft and damage, within a space within its perimeter “. The stencil in question had appeared on June 25, 2018 and had been claimed the next day on the account Instagram the artist, accompanied online the legend ” Fifty years since the uprising in Paris in 1968. The birthplace of modern stencil art ” (” fifty years since the uprising of 1968 in Paris. The cradle of the art of the stencil “).

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