A French couple are facing prosecution and a possible jail term of between one and six years after Italian police found 40 kilos of sand they took from a beach in Chia, southern Sardinia, crammed into plastic bottles in the boot of their vehicle.
Award-winning cellist Ophélie Gaillard was robbed by a knife-wielding thief of her 18th-century cello, estimated to be worth 1.3 million euros, outside her home in the Paris suburb of Pantin on Thursday, but after an impassioned appeal for its return relayed by social media she received an anonymous call to inform her it had been placed in a car in front of her house, where she found it.
A Paris court on Monday handed Vjeran Tomic, 49, nicknamed 'Spider Man' for his climbing exploits to steal valuable gems and works of art from Parisian apartments and museums, and two accomplices jail sentences of between six and eight years and a fine of 104 million euros over a 2010 theft from the Musée d’Art Moderne of a Matisse, a Picasso, a Braque, a Léger and a Modigliani, none of which have ever been found.
Total of 35 porters at leading auction house Hotel Drouot jailed for stealing thousands of items in case which has shocked France's art world.
Retired priest René Heuillet, 80, admitted pocketing church collections between 1987 and 2013, plus 100,000 euros from sales of votive candles.
The theft at the high-security Miramas base in southern France is thought to have happened overnight Sunday when part of a fence was cut open.
The ten silver marmosets and seven lion tamarins stolen from Beauval zoo in central France were part of an international breeding programme.
The robbers smashed the windows of the art collector's taxi in a motorway tunnel near Paris during a traffic jam, running off with a handbag.
The 15 works taken from the museum at Fontainebleau include a replica crown of the King of Siam given to France in the 19th century.
La Coiffeuse, owned by French state and reported missing in 2001, was smuggled into the US from Belgium last December in a parcel.
Hard drives, communications equipment were stolen from one of two helicopter-carriers at the heart of a Paris-Moscow diplomatic row.
A gang of eight heavily-armed men stole 250,000 euros and reportedly 'sensitive' documents from the convoy heading for Le Bourget airport.
A week after a drugs squad officer was accused of stealing 52 kilos of cocaine, the facts are proving stranger than fiction.