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A total of 17 famous paintings worth hundreds of million yen were stolen from the Ikebukuro branch of Tobu Department Store Co. and a Tokyo home over a short period in mid-August, it was learned Saturday.

On the night of Aug. 14, the resident of Setagaya Ward came home to find that six paintings had been stolen, including an oil painting by French impressionist Pierre Auguste Renoir, which alone is worth 170 million yen, two works by Marc Chagall and a painting by Japanese artist Ikuo Hirayama.

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