ART thieves stole three paintings worth millions of pounds — including a 400-year-old Van Dyck.
They are thought to have dropped through a roof to evade hi-tech alarms.
Sir Anthony van Dyck’s A Soldier on Horseback, which dates from 1616, was one of the three paintings stolen[/caption]
A Boy Drinking by Annibale Carracci was also stolen in the heist[/caption]
Cops are probing the raid at Christ Church, Oxford University, at 11pm on Saturday.
Sir Anthony van Dyck’s A Soldier on Horseback, dating to 1616, was snatched.
A similar work by the Flemish master sold for £2.6million in 2018. Raiders also nicked A Boy Drinking (1580) by Annibale Carracci, and A Rocky Coast, With Soldiers Studying a Plan (1640s) by Salvator Rosa. Both artists were Italian.
Det Chief Insp Jon Capps said: “These are very high value pieces.
“A thorough investigation is under way.”
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Cops set up a forensics tent on the roof.
The gallery has closed until further notice.
Police are not linking the thefts to that of a gold toilet from Blenheim Palace, Oxon, last year.
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