PARIS. Art thieves stole paintings by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani and two other well-known artists from a Paris museum overnight in a heist worth $124 million.


Officials from the Musee d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris said they discovered the five paintings, which included works by Fernand Leger and Georges Braque, were missing after noticing a smashed window pane as they opened for business on Thursday.


A special interior ministry unit, the BRB, is in charge of the investigation and took away the frames of the paintings for further analysis.