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Police investigating multimillion dollar art heist probe tips from the public, study video

CORRECTS SPELLING OF PAUL GAUGUIN'S NAME This photo released by the police in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, shows the 1898 painting 'Girl in Front of Open Window' by Paul Gauguin. Dutch police say seven paintings stolen from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam include one by Pablo Picasso, one by Henri Matisse, and two by Claude Monet. The heist, one of the largest in years in the Netherlands, occurred while the private Triton Foundation collection was being exhibited publicly as a group for the first time. (AP Photo/Police Rotterdam)
October 17, 2012 - 5:01 AM

AMSTERDAM - Police investigating a multimillion euro (dollar) art heist say they are following up several tips from the public, a day after thieves grabbed seven paintings from the walls of a Rotterdam gallery and vanished into the night.

A spokeswoman for detectives on the case, Willemieke Romijn, said Wednesday they have some 15 tips from the public, following a late-night, nationally televised appeal for witnesses to the theft from the Kunsthal gallery of works by celebrated artists including Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet and Henri Matisse.

Romijn tells The Associated Press detectives also are studying video surveillance images of the night of the break-in.

Police on Tuesday focused their attention on a rear door that thieves most likely used to get into the gallery before snatching the paintings.

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