Art thief's disguise not artful

 

Oslo - Police recaptured the man who stole Edvard Munch's masterpiece The Scream, disguised in a blond wig and wearing dark sunglasses, 12 days after he escaped during a prison outing to the local airport.

Paal Enger, sentenced to 6 1/2 years in jail for the 1994 theft of the painting of an anguished, wide-mouthed figure, was caught late on Monday at Moss train station south of Oslo on his way to Copenhagen.

"He was disguised, but it was actually a fiasco," Mr Jon Granrud, officer in charge at Moss police station, said yesterday. "The disguise wasn't good enough. People recognised him."