Two suspects were arrested for stealing paintings by two brilliant artists Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals last year in museums in the Netherlands. On Van Gogh’s 167th birthday on March 30, 2020, his “The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring” artwork was stolen from The Singer Laren museum in North Holland in an overnight breach. The museum was closed at that time to follow COVID-19 health procedures. Police said that thieves entered the museum by breaking a glass door around 3:15 in the morning, and they caught one of the men involved. The painting shows the garden of the church house Gogh lived in.

Police added that in August of the same year, the famous painting of Dutch Golden Age artist Frans Hals “Two Laughing Boys With a Mug of Beer” was also taken away from the Hofje van mevrouw Aerden in Leerdam. A 58-year-old man from Baarn was then arrested for the heist. The painting shows two boys laughing with a mug of beer. Anna Tummers, a Hals buff, described the 1626 painting as a great example of Hals’ as playful painting style. The police continue to search for both artworks that remain missing, and the other suspects involved.