Austrian investigators have confirmed that sixty-seven paintings stolen in 2014 from a private collection housed in Vienna-Hietzing were found in an unnamed suspect’s apartment last week, Der Standard reports. Works by Carl Moll, Koloman Moser, and Oskar Kokoschka are among the pieces, which are valued at a total of $2.6 million.
Perpetrators of the art heist made away with seventy-one works, and the remaining four works, estimated to have a combined worth of $53,000, are still unaccounted for. The crime was carried out while the seventy-three-year-old owner was away on vacation. The suspects gained access to the owner’s villa, located in an upscale neighborhood, by disabling the alarm.
An anonymous donor had offered a $265,0000 award for the safe return of the paintings—the highest award ever offered in Austria—but it did lead to any information. The works were recovered in good condition after an extensive investigation by the Federal Criminal Police Office and Europol. No arrests were made. While the identities of the suspects are unclear, police spokesman Patrick Maierhofer said, “We assume that this was an internationally active Eastern European criminal gang,” members of which are classified as dangerous. The works are currently in the custody of the police.