Pål Enger, a Norwegian art thief earlier charged in the thefts of two of Edvard Munch’s most famous paintings, was facing new charges this week. This time he allegedly stole 17 pictures from an Oslo gallery earlier this month.
Enger, age 48, is charged with stealing 12 pictures created by Norwegian artist Hariton Pushwagner (Terje Brofos). Among the other five were works by Vebjørn Sand and Bjarne Melgaard.
Enger has admitted to some of the charges of theft from the gallery on December 10-11, and was ordered held in custody for at least four weeks, while police continue their investigation. “He admits he stole five Pushwagner pictures and sold four of them,” his defense agttorney Fridtjof Feydt told newspaper Aftenposten. “One of the works has been recovered.”
Each of the mostly graphic works is valued at around NOK 50,000. Enger was also linked to the theft of Edvard Munch’s famous paintings Madonna and The Scream in 2004, He was rearrested late Monday night.