3 Apr 2017

FBI art detective on the Parnell Art Heist

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:20 pm on 3 April 2017

Police are due to release a description of people they are seeking in relation to a major art heist over the weekend. They believe three people were involved in the ram raid theft, of two Gottfried Lindauer paintings from the International Art Centre in Parnell. Thieves backed a stolen vehicle into the gallery just before 4am on Saturday, and snatched the 1884 paintings 'Chieftainess Ngatai-Raure' and 'Chief Ngatai-Raure'.

Robert Wittman, is the founder of the FBI's Art Crime Team, and in the past he's been dubbed "the most famous art detective in the world". Robert talks with Jesse from Chester Heights, Pennsylvania.

The 'Chieftainess Ngatai-Raure' and 'Chief Ngatai-Raure' (inset) were stolen from the International Art Centre in Parnell.

The 'Chieftainess Ngatai-Raure' and 'Chief Ngatai-Raure' (inset) were stolen from the International Art Centre in Parnell. Photo: RNZ / Laura Tupou

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