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Van Gogh paintings found in Italian mafia house

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>> Two stolen Van Gogh paintings have been found in the house of an alleged mafia drug smuggler in Italy. The works of art from the 1880s are worth about 500 million euros each. Discovered 14 years after they disappeared in a daring heist in Amsterdam, and wrapped in cloth inside the safe of a country house, south of Naples.
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They depict a seascape and a church where the painter's father was a minister. Prosecutors say the house they were found in belongs to Raffaele Imperiale, a fugitive thought to be living in Dubai. In January, the 41 year old businessman was accused of running an international cocaine trafficking ring.
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The paintings vanished in 2002. Thieves used a ladder to climb onto the roof of the Van Gogh Museum and break into the building. They escaped by sliding down a rope. Two men were led to court and convicted with the help of DNA evidence linking them to the scene.
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The FBI considers the robbery one of the top ten art crimes in the world.