Police in the UK are on the hunt for a blue VW Golf R used in the theft of a gold toilet thought to be worth approximately $6 million.
The toilet, created by Maurizio Cattelan and dubbed ‘America’, had been on display at an art exhibition in Blenheim Palace and was under tight security. On September 14, however, a group of five thieves stole the toilet, Sky News reports.
Details of the heist are limited but it is believed that three of the offenders broke into the palace and wrenched the toilet from its fittings as two getaway drivers waited outside in stolen vehicles, including the Golf R. The offenders left the scene at 4:50 a.m. with the 227 lbs (103 kg) toilet in the rear of the hot hatch. Authorities have released CCTV images of the Golf R that show the car fitted with what police believe are fake license plates.
One of the vehicles used in the burglary has been recovered by police and two men have been arrested in connection with the theft. The remaining three individuals, the Golf R, and the toilet remain at large.
The toilet is fully-functional and was plumbed in when stolen. In 2016, it was displayed at the Guggenheim museum in New York where visitors could use it. President Donald Trump was offered to have the valuable toilet loaned to him from the Guggenheim museum during his ongoing presidency but he didn’t take up the offer.
🚨| Blenheim Palace burglary – new CCTV images releasedWe are continuing to appeal for information following a burglary which occurred in Blenheim Palace, Woodstock.A high-value golden toilet was stolen. More info ➡️ https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/thames-valley/news/2019/september/30-09-19/blenheim-palace-burglary–appeal-for-information/
Gepostet von Thames Valley Police am Mittwoch, 2. Oktober 2019
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