Marinello said the thieves have limited options available, such as seeking a ransom from the owners, the museum or the insurers. They could conceivably sell the paintings in the criminal market too, though any sale would likely be a small fraction of their potential auction value.The problem selling these things is obviously not protection enough to keep thieves from bothering.
IN THE COMMENTS: chickelit said:
From the link: the idea that an unscrupulous private investor might have commissioned the works’ theft was far-fetched. 'That’s something that comes from Hollywood movies,' he said.
Should they blame a Hollywood video or lax security?
UPDATE: Confession of destruction.