THE remand of a 53-year-old Cypriot from South Africa and a 55-year-old Russian man were renewed yesterday to facilitate further investigations into the theft of a €6m painting of Edgar Degas from the house of a pensioner in Apeshia in Limassol.
A third suspect, a 44-year-old taxi driver arrested along with the other two was released on Monday. He had been driving the Russian man to his various appointments with the owner of the painting.
The painting was reported stolen by its owner on September 29 along with a metal safe which contained seven gold watches, three pairs of gold opera glasses and 20 cufflinks, estimated to worth around €162.000 in total.
In relation with the same case, two men, aged 47 and 48, were arrested on Sunday and remanded for six days. Their description matched witness statements about two individuals seen entering the 70-year-old’s house on the day of the theft.
The owner had been at scheduled meeting to negotiate the sale of his house and part of his art collection at the time of the theft. The Degas was not part of the deal.
Police said the Russian man had shown interest in buying the art collector’s estate along with some of the paintings in his collection and that a viewing had been arranged two weeks before the painting was stolen.