Art thieves stole a Flemish masterpiece valued at 3 million euros from a small Italian town church last week. Or so they thought.
To their surprise, the painting they stole was actually a fake. Town leaders and the Carabinieri, Italy's military police, had been tipped off about the planned heist and replaced the original painting, Pieter Brueghel the Younger's The Crucifixion, with a replica.
Out of around 8,500 residents of Castelnuovo Magra in Liguria, only a few knew about the switch.