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Updated: October 23, 2012 22:36 IST

Security system gamed in Rotterdam heist

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The 2002 painting 'Woman with Eyes Closed' by Lucian Freud.
The 2002 painting 'Woman with Eyes Closed' by Lucian Freud.

Thieves who stole seven paintings from a Rotterdam museum took advantage of an automatic door-unlocking system, the museum has acknowledged.

Thieves broke in at the Kunsthal museum on October 16 and grabbed works worth millions by Picasso, Matisse and Monet, among others. The museum said on Monday that it uses a locking system that is activated after an alarm is triggered, but deactivates again shortly afterward for safety reasons. The thieves waited until thesystem deactivated, broke a physical lock on an emergency door, and were in and out in less than two minutes. Police arrived in five.

Police are still analysing tips and clues and have no suspects.

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