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Art Student Arrested In $3.2 Million Heist

January 21, 1989

PARIS (AP) _ A West German art student suspected of stealing artworks worth about $3.2 million told police he took the masterpieces because he just wanted to ″admire them quietly at home,″ authorities said Friday.

Police officials said 23-year-old Florian Fielder of Munich told them he had no intention of selling the paintings, drawings and other art objects - including works by Albrecht Durer and Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot.

Stolen objects from the Carnavalet Museum, the Marmatton Museum, the Petit Palais, the Guimet Museum and several other museums in and around Paris were found during a search of Fielder’s Paris apartment. Police displayed the objects for news photographers on Friday.

″I just wanted to admire them quietly at home,″ one investigator quoted Fielder as saying.

Investigators said Fielder, with recommendations from his art professors, obtained short-term unpaid jobs at the museums, and used the opportunity for access to take works he liked.

He was arrested Wednesday at the famous Louvre, where he recently started such an unpaid job, and was held for questioning while the case against him was prepared, the officials said.

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