Munch Paintings Stolen From Norway Museum

Armed men stormed into an art museum Sunday, threatened staff at gunpoint and stole Edvard Munch’s famous paintings “The Scream” and “Madonna” before the eyes of stunned museum-goers.

The thieves yanked the paintings off the walls of Oslo’s Munch museum and loaded them into a waiting car outside, said a witness, French radio producer Francois Castang.

Police spokeswoman Hilde Walsoe said the two or three armed men threatened a museum employee with a handgun to give them the two paintings, including one of four versions of “The Scream” – Munch’s famed depiction of an anguished figure with its head in its hands. —Munch Paintings Stolen From Norway Museum (AP/Myway)