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Are U.S. museums safe from art thieves?

Last week's $123 million heist of cubist and post-impressionist works at the Paris Museum of Modern Art continues a rash of painting pilferage in Europe over the past decade, with sensational headlines vaulting across the Atlantic. Van Goghs vanish in Amsterdam in 2002! "The Scream" swiped in Oslo in '04! Picassos purloined in Paris in '07 and '09!

Art crime is at least a $6 billion global business. So, at the risk of tempting fate, one wonders: Why not here?

Jacqueline Trescott and Dan Zak explored this question in today's Post.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 25, 2010; 9:07 AM ET
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