A THIEF is on the run after failing in an attempt to swipe a painting from the Museum of Croydon yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.
Officers from the Met's Art and Antiques Unit were called to the museum, in the Croydon Clocktower, in Katharine Street, after the incident.
Security guards were able to stop the picture being stolen, but were not able to stop the man from escaping.
The attempted theft, which happened around 12.45pm, was of a painting by Richard Dadd, entitled "Portrait of a young man".
Police say the painting is safe and undamaged and will remain on display with increased security.
Anyone with information should contact the Met's Art and Antiques Unit on 0207 230 2150 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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