The thieves reportedly broke into an abandoned bar, punched through the wall and disabled the security system at the Puerta de Alcalá gallery in Madrid before casually loading around 70 canvases into a van parked outside.
Is this merchandise yours?" he reportedly asked.
"We're taking the paintings out of the gallery to put them on display somewhere else."
"At this time of the night?"
"We have to get an early start to get there in time."
The burglars, whom the security guard described as having Eastern European accents, spent two to three hours taking out art, propping it against nearby trees and loading it into a van. Then they drove off with their haul.
"They took all our best work," Pedro Márquez told reporters.
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