“It’s important that police investigators have the assistance of an artwork loss prevention expert,” he said. There are many misconceptions that the public and everyday law enforcement have about who steals art, what becomes of it, and how it is returned, he said. A surprising number of heists end up more like kidnappings, complete with ransom demands. This happens when a crook discovers how hard it is to fence or sell his million-dollar payday.
“Further, the sorts of information about a work of art that must be collected and withheld from the public are very important,” Amore said. There are few experts in this field. In the U.S. his firm offers expertise based on research and experience in the field of art theft and recovery.
“In terms of databases, the FBI and Interpol should be notified,” Amore said. There is also a for-profit database maintained by the well-respected Art Loss Register (www.artloss.com) based in London.
“Art theft can never be stopped. It is too enticing, too easy and too potentially lucrative,” Amore said.