Art Theft

act200.jpgIt’s like stealing history.

Art and cultural property crime—which includes theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking across state and international lines—is a looming criminal enterprise with estimated losses in the billions of dollars annually.

To recover these precious pieces—and to bring these criminals to justice—the FBI has a dedicated Art Crime Team of 16 special agents, supported by DOJ trial attorneys for prosecutions.  And it runs the National Stolen Art File, a computerized index of reported stolen art and cultural properties for the use of law enforcement agencies across the world.

Please note: U.S. persons and organizations requiring access to the National Stolen Art File should contact their closest FBI Field Office; international organizations should contact their closest FBI Legal Attaché Office.

In Depth

Initiatives & Background
- Art Crime Team
- National Stolen Art File
- Jurisdiction/Legislation

Report Stolen Art
- Submit a Tip Online
- Contact Your Local FBI Office
- Contact Your Nearest Overseas Office

Protect Your Treasures
- Advice from an Art Theft Expert

Other Resources
- Interpol Stolen Works of Art
- Museum Security Network
- International Council of Museums
- More

FBI Top Ten Art Crimes
- Iraqi Looted and Stolen Artifacts storm80.jpg
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Theft
- Theft of Caravaggio’s Nativity with San Lorenzo and San Francesco
- Theft of the Davidoff-Morini Stradivarius
- The Van Gogh Museum Robbery caravaggio2.jpg
- Theft of Cezanne’s View of Auvers-sur-Oise
- Theft of the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Murals, Panels 3-A and 3-B
- Theft from the Museu Chacara do Céu
- Theft of Van Mieris’ A Cavalier
- Theft of Renoir Oil Painting