Nine Artworks from LA's Biggest Art Heist Recovered

  • December 18, 2014 15:24

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Detail of "Les Paysans" by Marc Chagal, recovered from a 2008 art heist.
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One of the largest art heists in LA history was recently cracked by police and the FBI after nine artworks were recovered in an undercover sting, reports the LA Times.

The paintings, by the likes of Diego Rivera and Marc Chagall, were stolen from a home in Encino, CA., in 2008. The case went cold until detectives were tipped off to a person called "Darko" in Europe who looking to sell the missing works.

The LAPD and FBI set up a sting in a West Los Angeles hotel in October that led to the arrest of Raul Espinoza, 45, who tried to sell the paintings -- which are valued at $10 million -- for $700,000 cash.

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