Frans Hals painting 'Two Laughing Boys' stolen - police

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  • Thursday, 27 Aug 2020

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A painting by Frans Hals has been stolen from a small museum in the Netherlands, police said on Thursday.

The painting, "Two Laughing Boys" dating from 1626, was taken from the Hofje van Aerden Museum in a town near Utrecht before dawn on Thursday, Dutch police said in a statement.

Police were alerted when thieves forced the museum's back door, triggering alarms.

A spokesman for the museum referred all questions to the police.

The museum had been closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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