The Royal Gazette newspaper in Bermuda reports today that a passenger from the NCL Norwegian Star was arrested as he tried to disembark the cruise ship with a painting described as the "size of a door."
The 43 year old passenger from Kentucky admitted that he stole the painting from the NCL cruise ship once it docked in Bermuda. The newspaper states that the painting was "an official copy of a Rembrandt painting valued at $13,114.06."
When the NCL cruise ship staff confronted him, the brazen thief claimed “I’m going to mail it home.”
He then gave various excuses regarding how he obtained the painting, claiming that he "bought it at auction, painted it himself and won it in a raffle."
One thing that the passenger didn’t realize is that NCL cruise ships have the most CCTV surveillance cameras in the cruise industry. The newspaper states that the ship’s video footage showed him removing the painting from the wall and carrying it towards his cabin.
His public defender told the Magistrate that he was a "recovering drug addict" and the medication he was on to treat opiate withdrawal caused him to act "oddly."
The Judge went light on the recovering-drug-addict-turned-cruise-art-connoisseur and fined him $500.