The Case of the Missing Mona Lisa
DATE: September 1, 2016
CRIME COMMITTED: Grand larceny
LOCATION: The Louvre, Paris, France
COMPLAINANT: Monsieur Maurice Dugard, curator of the Louvre Museum, arrived at work on the morning of September 1 to find something amiss with the Mona Lisa painting. It had been cut from its frame and replaced by a replica. It is unclear when the paintings were switched and review of video has led to no clues as to when the crime occurred or how.
SUSPECTS: None, but street informants have heard that a large contract was put out by a prospective buyer. Informants state that only El Berrigano Enterprises could have pulled off a heist this audacious.
EVIDENCE: There is video taken 24 hours a day, but strangely there is no video remaining during the times that the museum is closed during the daytime on the one day that the museum is closed during the week.
CURATOR DUGARD'S TESTIMONY: The only way that this painting could have escaped this building without sustaining substantial damage that would compromise the value of the work is to have had it in a safe compartment large enough to contain the work. The museum has a parking garage, fast access to local airstrips and is on the banks of the Seine River, but anyone would look very suspicious if they preferred a vehicle that did not have an engine. No, it had to have been someone who had a motorized vehicle.
LOCAL INFORMANT LOUIS LEFEBVRE: As a wealthy member of the L'Esprit du Club, the Paris Country Club, I spend much of my time with wealthy collectors of art. Some collect major pieces by... less than honourable means. What I have heard from my friends is that there have been major stirrings about a massive transaction in the country where the Mona Lisa was originally painted.