The Ministry of Artistic Affairs
Thursday, December 30, 2010

New York police are investigating an unusual theft, after one or more robbers tunnelled through the wall of a posh Manhattan apartment and made off with loot that included art by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Officers were on hand at a Greenwich Village apartment complex Thursday night [December 23] to investigate the heist, which took place while the owners were away around American Thanksgiving.

Several Andy Warhol prints were among the artworks stolen, including this one, titled Superman. Police believe the theft occurred between Nov. 24 and 28.

The thief or thieves gained access to the apartment by carving a tunnel through the wall of an adjacent hallway, according to police.

The stolen art collection, estimated to be worth about $750,000 US, included the Warhol prints Superman, The Truck and a signed, eight-piece series entitled Camouflage. It also included the Lichtenstein prints Thinking Nude and Moonscape, and the oil painting Live Cat by Carl Fudge.

Along with the limited edition artworks, jewelry and luxury watches were lifted from the apartment.

The theft was likely committed by experts because a video recorder connected to the surveillance camera system was also taken.

No arrests have been made, police said.

Reported by CBC News.