On Aug 26, the flat at No. 10 Sloe street, Amsterdam, was still the enigmatic focal point of the stolen paintings mystery.
On Aug 26, the flat at No. 10 Sloe street, Amsterdam, was still the enigmatic focal point of the stolen paintings mystery. Outside stood the green Jaguar belonging to London art dealer, 29-year-old Old Etonian Robert Cook.
Aug 23 he reported 4 paintings had been stolen from the flat. They include a Rubens and are valued at GBP60,000. Cook claims he brought the paintings into Holland Aug 19 in his Jaguar, to try to sell them for a client.
Aug 26 police toured customs posts with Cook on the Holland-Belgium and Holland-France frontiers trying without success it turned out - to find customs officials to whom Cook claims to have shown British export certificates for the pictures.
Chief Inspector Postma told journalists at a press conference that his investigations had so far not revealed any real clues as to what happened to the paintings.
Two friends of Cook's, also in Amsterdam, had their passports given back by police. Postma said the couple - Mark Sykes and Peter Scaramanga - were no longer required to help in the enquiry.