Two valuable paintings that were feared lost after being stolen 17 years ago have turned up during an arms raid in Friesland.
Police were searching a warehouse in Leeuwarden for weapons when they discovered the artworks, which were among seven pictures taken during a burglary in Bilthoven in 1999. The other five, including works by Jan van Goyen and Jan Steen, were traced when one of them was offered for sale at an auction in 2012.
The last two paintings to be recovered are Cafe-Restaurant Interior by the 19th-century impressionist artist Isaac Israëls and Horses In A Stable by Wouterus Verschuur, from the mid-19th century.
A 37-year-old man from Leeuwarden has been arrested in connection with the theft. Police also seized three kilos of hemp found at his home.
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