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Picassos, Brazilian Works Stolen From Sao Paulo Museum

Brazilian authorities say three heavily-armed men have stolen two engravings by Pablo Picasso as well as two works by Brazilian artists from a Sao Paulo museum.

Officials say the thieves Thursday stole Picasso's print, The Painter and the Model as well as Minotaur, Drinker and Women from the Pinacoteca museum.

The thieves also snatched the painting, Women in a Window by Brazilian Emiliano Di Cavalcanti and the work known as Couple by Brazilian Lasar Segall.

The four pieces have a combined value of $612,000.

This is the second time in recent months that thieves have targeted a Brazilian art museum.

Last December, Picasso's Portrait of Suzanne Bloch was stolen from the Sao Paulo Museum of Art. Additionally, the art work The Coffee Worker, by Brazilian painter Candido Portinari, was also stolen. Both works, worth a combined $50 million, were later recovered and returned to the museum under heavy guard.

Two suspects were arrested. Museum officials say the two paintings were recovered in perfect condition.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.