'Spiderman' who made off with paintings worth £85 million in France faces jail

Sentencing of 'Spiderman' who stole valuable paintings opens in France

Paris - where Tomic stole the priceless works of art

Monday, January 30, 2017

The sentencing of a thief who was nicknamed 'Spiderman' for the 2010 thefts of five works of art opened today in France. 

Vjeran Tomic confessed to stealing five works of art - by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Georges Braque and Fernand Léger.

The pieces had a collective value of at least €100 million (£85 million) from the Musée D'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. 

Tomic, a 49-year-old thief with fourteen previous convictions, established a reputation for pinching high value goods from the top floors of the most affluent neighbourhoods in Paris. He garnered the nickname for scaling great heights to pilfer his targets.

He confessed to the thefts of the five works in 2011, and all of them still remain unaccounted for. 

Two accomplices will be in the dock alongside Tomic, to face separate charges of a cover-up of the theft.