Two stolen Van Goghs worth $100mn recovered from drug traffickers

Naples: Anti-mafia police in southern Italy on Friday recovered two Vincent Van Gogh paintings, worth an estimated $100 mn, stolen from a museum in Amsterdam in 2002 in a heist which the US Federal Bureau of Investigation ranked among the world's top ten art crimes.The paintings were stolen from The Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam in a daring raid when thieves used a ladder and sledgehammers to break into the museum through the roof during the night of December 6-7, 2002.

Italian tax police retrieved the paintings- "Seascape at Scheveningen" and "Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church at Nuenen"-wrapped in cloth at the home of Naples mafia or Camorra-linked drug trafficking suspect Raffaele Imperiale in Castellammare di Stabia, a pretty coastal town near Sorrento.(IANS/AKI)