A work of art was stolen early yesterday morning from museum Het Hofje van Mevrouw van Aerden in Leerdam. It concerns the painting ‘Two smiling boys’ by Frans Hals. It is not the first time that the work has been stolen: it was stolen in 1988 and 2011. Both times the painting was found again.
According to the police, the back door of the museum in the town on the Linge was forced in the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. The perpetrators have not yet been tracked down. The police have started an extensive investigation, in which art robbery experts, among others, are involved. The police are calling witnesses to report and are looking for more camera footage.
The painting was stolen in both 1988 and 2011 together with ‘Forest view with flowering elder’ by Jacob van Ruisdael. The first time they were recovered after three years. The second time, in May 2011, the police found them again after less than six months, the CCeit reported at the time.
The museum does not want to respond or answer questions about the earlier thefts. “You should turn to the police in the interest of the investigation and that’s it,” says a driver.