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Da Vinci theft

Da Vinci theft

Lawyer cleared in Da Vinci case is arrested in embezzlement probe

A LAWYER cleared of extortion over the return of the Da Vinci masterpiece Madonna of the Yarnwinder has been arrested on suspicion of theft.

Stolen da Vinci masterpiece: We never did a thing wrong – now we'd like £2m reward

FIVE men were cleared yesterday of being part of a plot to extort £4.25 million for the return of a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece.

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Stolen da Vinci masterpiece: They thought they'd be fêted by world's media – instead, it was the police who burst in

THE "Liverpool lads" Jack Doyle and Bob Graham had already made the local papers through their business, Stolen Stuff Reunited. The idea was to return property that had sentimental value to the owner and no real worth to the thief.

Da Vinci jury sent home

JURORS in the Madonna of the Yarnwinder trial failed to reach verdicts yesterday and were sent home for the night.

Da Vinci case lawyer 'left himself open to criminals'

A SCOTTISH solicitor told the Madonna of the Yarnwinder trial yesterday that he had not taken seriously a scheme suggested by a "Walter Mitty" lawyer for the return of the stolen work of art.

Da Vinci plot accused 'over the moon' as reward soared

A MAN told a court yesterday that he was "over the moon" when an expected £50,000 reward for returning a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece rose almost fivefold. Robert Graham said the increased figure had nothing to do with a ransom plot.

Da Vinci art trial adjourned after crash

THE Madonna of the Yarnwinder trial did not sit yesterday because one of the accused was involved in a road accident on his way to court.

Accused: Deal not a plot led to Da Vinci return

THE safe return of a stolen £20 million work of art was achieved through a commercial deal rather than a ransom plot, a lawyer claimed yesterday.

Solicitor did 'right thing' over return of Da Vinci masterpiece

A SOLICITOR insisted he did the "right thing" in working to secure the return of a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece.

Planning return of Da Vinci work 'a passion', says accused

A LAWYER admitted yesterday he had wanted to make money and win kudos from returning a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, but insisted the project had also become a "passion".

Da Vinci trial in final stages

THE prosecution completed its evidence in the Madonna of the Yarnwinder trial at the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday.

Solicitor denies being axe-wielding thief of duke's Da Vinci masterpiece

A SOLICITOR strongly denied that he was an axe-wielding robber who stole a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece from a Scottish stately home.

Officer tells of stolen da Vinci role

A LAWYER wanted to discuss other works of art after he had helped in the recovery of a stolen £20 million painting, a court has heard.

Man tells court he was 'helping' to return stolen painting

A "LOVEABLE rogue" claimed he was acting out of decency in helping secure the return of a stolen £20 million painting, a court heard yesterday.

Da Vinci was recovered via 'Stolen Stuff Reunited', court is told

A £20 MILLION work of art taken from a castle by "gypsies" resurfaced four years later through a business called Stolen Stuff Reunited, a court has heard.

Jury sees dramatic moment da Vinci recovered

DRAMATIC video footage of detectives gatecrashing a meeting in a law firm's offices and recovering a stolen work of art was shown to a jury yesterday.

Da Vinci theft: court told of 'ruse' to recover painting

A RUSE to bring in undercover police swung into action after a lawyer's "deceptive" offer to assist in the recovery of a £20 million work of art, a court has heard.

£20m da Vinci masterpiece like one of the family, says Duke of Buccleuch

ONE of Scotland's foremost noblemen has described his family's anguish at the theft of a da Vinci masterpiece, and the "huge relief" when it was recovered undamaged four years later.

Accused da Vinci lawyers 'spoke of reward'

THREE solicitors accused of a £4.25 million extortion plot discussed the legality of securing a reward for the return of a stolen Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece, a court has heard.

Court told of terror as pair 'stole da Vinci masterpiece from castle'

THE theft of a Leonardo da Vinci masterpiece from a stately home in Scotland has been described to a jury.

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