1. Heist

    2 Arrested Over Stolen Matisse Painting

    The original painting by Henri Matisse titled "Odalisque in Pants," left, is seen next to a fake version, that was on display in the Sofia Imber Contemporary Art Museum of Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003. Who, how and when the painting was replaced with a replica are questions still stumping the Venezuelan art museum, Interpol, the FBI and police in France and Spain, two countries where investigators believe the genuine painting could be now. The Caracas museum bought it in 1981. (AP Photo/Sofia Imber Contemporary Art Museum)

    Sofia Imber Contemporary Art Museum / AP Photo

    Two people were arrested in Miami Beach after being caught trying to sell a Henri Matisse painting that had been stolen from a museum in Venezuela. The painting, “Odalisque in Red Pants,” had been stolen from the Caracas Museum of Contemporary Art in December 2002. Pedro Antonio Marcuello Guzman and Maria Martha Elisa Ornelas Lazo were arrested Tuesday after attempting to sell the painting to undercover agents. Marcuello had allegedly told the agents that he knew the painting was stolen and that he would sell it for $740,000.

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