Art theft is one of the hardest crimes to solve because art is easy to steal and hide; the author of "Vincenzo Perugia, Thief of the Mona Lisa", and the author of "The Midnight Robbery", both believe that art can be easily hidden and stolen, and remain unsolved for many years; art is something that doesn't take a lot of effort to take or steal.
The controversy in my book is that art is more likely to be stolen than other valuable items.
More than 50,000 pieces of art are stolen each year.
Museum security is often poor so it is easy for thieves to steal art.
Only about 10% of stolen artwork is found.
There are not enough police to investigate art theft. (Robbery 1)
Robbers can ruin the victims lives. The poem, "The Midnight Robbery," states, "You comes as a robber in night, Steals from my kitchen everything, Tried to find out the thief, And fails my attempt everyday, And one day I will give a strong punishment, Anyway I will find out your cleverness," (Pulingat 1) This shows that robbers come and leave with many important items at once. It states how the victim will try hard and find the theft and hopefully end the situation right.
Robbers don't have to keep the stolen item with them. The article, "Robbery," states, "The robber does not have to transport the property away from the physical presence of the person who has lawful possession of it or even escape with it. The slightest change of location is sufficient to establish asportation."(Robbery1) This shows that if a robber steals art, he/she can hide it and easily get away with the theft because some art is small and easy to cover up. This is a big factor in theft, because if the robber would get caught easily, he/she would not likely choose that object to steal.
Robbers can take a lot of objects at once. The book, "Pieces and Players," states, "They then left with armloads of art."(Balliett 35) Many times, when a theft of artwork takes place, a lot is taken. This is because art can be easy to steal sometimes which makes it almost effortless to take a lot. When robbers rob a place, lots of times they like to take as much as they can.
The research that I collected above all connect to the same controversy of how art is more likely to be stolen than other objects. They all show different reasons that art is more of a target to steal. The reasons were that art can be easy to steal sometimes which makes it almost effortless to take a lot, if a robber steals art, he/she can hide it and easily get away with the theft because some art is small and easy to cover up, and robbers come and leave with many important items at once. This research shows that art is easier to steal than other objects.
Pieces and Players
My book, Pieces and Players, by Blue Balliett, is a story of five kids who are in charge of investigating who stole the artwork from a museum. As the book develops, the kids discover new people who will help them solve the mystery. Although the kids are involved in solving other crimes and are no strangers to heists and puzzles, this particular crime is not easy for them to uncover.
The Midnight Robbery
By: Gangadharan nair Pulingat
You comes as a robber in night
Steals from my kitchen everything
Tried to find out the thief
And fails my attempt everyday
I knows you are not human being
I knew you are a clever cat
And one day I will give a strong punishment
I knows your nails kept in sharpened ones
And you can take a revenge on me
But if I fear my kitchen will ruined
Anyway I will find out your cleverness
This poem connects to the novel, Pieces and Players, and the article, "Robbery", because they all show how robbers can take many art pieces at one time, the investigators can have trouble solving the theft, and that it can take a long time, but the thefts can still be solved.
"I can't stop thinking about the farmer heist. They announced on the news that it was the biggest art robbery ever to happen in the United States." (Balliett 9)
At the beginning of the book, the author shows that she believes art can be a significant theft.
"After all, was there any excuse for keeping priceless art in a run-down mansion? Was there any excuse for only having one night guard, someone both past retirement age and worn out from his St. Patrick's Day partying?" (Balliett 43)
As the book goes on, the author points out that security is not very good for the museum which one of my articles points out is one of the problems with art theft.
"Mrs. Farmer's will stipulated that the art remain there forever, but her trust no longer covered all the expenses, and the pace cried out for modernization. The museum itself was only open two days a week, and there were drafts and leaks. Security was inadequate." (Balliett 268-269)
Once again, the book is talking about the poor security in the museum, which helped lead to the art theft.
In the Author's Note at the end of the book, the author says that everything in the book is real with some disguises, and some name changes. The art that she based the story on is still missing, twenty-five years later. (Balliett 301)
From all of these excerpts, it seems that the author's perspective supports my controversy since they all show the reasons why art theft is so common.
Balliett, Blue. Pieces and Players. Scholastic, Incorporated, 2016.
Pulingat.., Gangadharan nair. “The Midnight Robbery.” PoemHunter.com,