How Springfield’s Andy Warhols Were Stolen

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By 1985, when the Springfield Art Museum received a donation of 10 Andy Warhol Campbell’s Soup screenprints, the artist himself was more interested in making TV shows and movies than Pop prints and paintings.

If someone made a movie about the night seven of those screenprints were stolen, the establishing shots would be all about routine.

The museum boasted multiple levels of security: Guards. Locks. Alarms. Video.

At the time of the 2016 theft, staff had begun updating the emergency plan for the first time in years.

In the early hours of April 7, the museum’s alarms were active. Video surveillance captured the darkened, quiet galleries. At closing time, a guard checked the museum’s locks.

(Read the full story on the Springfield News-Leader’s website.)

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