Ajaccio, 20 October 2011, Art Media Agency, (AMA).
Investigators from Office Central de lutte contre le trafic des Biens Culturels (OCBC) have questioned eleven suspects, including important Corsicans, in the Ajaccio and Porto-Vecchio regions on Tuesday 18 October. All suspects were accused of participating in a robbery committed at Palais Fesch- Musée des Beaux-Arts in Ajaccio last February, and are all being kept in custody at the police station.
Four paintings including Mariotto di Nardo, Bellini and Poussin pieces, were stolen. Antoine Mocellini, the night guard of the museum, was arrested immediately after the incident. Mocellini stated that he acted alone in order to put pressure on police chiefs because he was about to be evicted and was looking for a place to stay. The pieces, believed to be hidden in his car, disappeared when police arrived and Mocellini has been examined for attempted robbery and robbery committed by an organised gang and to date, is detained in the Ajaccio prison. This new progress concerning the investigation gives new hopes to find the stolen paintings.