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A painter, after three break-in: New gallery with panserglas and røgkanon

Three times has art-twenty within a few weeks smashed and stolen art at the west jutland art painter and gallery owner Niels Kongsbak from Esbjerg.

Until now it has cost him - or rather his insurance company - 125.000 crowns. In addition, a lot of trouble with the cleanup.

Now, move the gallery-owner in the brand new premises with the armor-glass, rullegitter and røgkanoner to get peace.

an Artist and gallery owner Niels Kongsbak. Private

Immediately after the first burglary was Niels Kongsbak called up.

- the Person offered to tell where the stolen bronze sculptures were. He, however, would have a reward of 5.-10.000 euros. I would not pay. And so was the pipe laid on, says Niels Kongsbak.

the Person called, before it even was known to the public, to galleriejeren had had a break-in.

Since there has been burglarized two times more in the small gallery in Strandbygade.


All three times has been thrown a stone from the sidewalk in through the butiksruden.

- the Thieves among other things, the stolen paintings, by Troels Trier and smashed a glass of Peter is Equivalent to 6,000 dollars. Also a keramikkrukke to 5,800 crowns have been destroyed. The thief - or thieves - destroy for more than they are stealing. Of course, it is mentally hard to be awakened three times a night by the police, who can tell whether even a burglary, says Niels Kongsbak.

Niels Kongsbak wondering why the thieves have thrown himself over him. Thieves are also not stuck with the most expensive works of art during the three burglaries.

- I am both angry and sad. For I am just a small gallery owner, which is not at all accustomed to such things here. I have had a gallery in Copenhagen for 25 years, and here there were never problems. It is of course also my wife Iben. It is she who hears the phone ring on the night.


Niels Kongsbak moves to more secure premises in Kongensgade 100. Here have a watchmaker previously held to, so the store is no more secured than the gallery in Strandbygade.

- Until we finish the move, then there is provided for the special monitoring of my current gallery. Fortunately, the insurance company has been understanding until now, says the indbrudsplagede artist and gallery owner.

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