On August 22, 2004, the Munch Museum scream was stolen, along with Munch’s Madonna. Museum officials expressed the hope that they would review the picture, believing that thieves might be able to demand ransom. On 8 April 2005, the Norwegian police arrested a suspect in connection with the robbery. On April 28, 2005, it was rumored that thieves burned both paintings to conceal evidence. On 1 June 2005, the city government of Oslo offered a reward of 2 million Norwegian kroner (about 250,000 euros) for any information to locate the paintings.
At the beginning of 2006, six men with a criminal record had to be tried, accused of helping to plan or execute the robbery. Three of the men were convicted and sentenced to between four and eight years in prison in May 2006. Two of the convicted art thieves, Bjørn Hoen and Petter Tharaldsen, were also sentenced to pay 750 million kroner ( 122 million US dollars) to the city. of Oslo, where the paintings used to be.
Both paintings were found slightly damaged.