ABC News tells the story of the massive security shortcomings at Cairo's museums, which have come to light after a popular van Gogh painting was stolen from the Mahmoud Khalil Museum on Saturday.
The Egyptian Museum houses some of the world's prized antiquities, including the gold mask of King Tut that draws millions of tourists a year. But it also has an outdated video surveillance system that doesn't work around the clock and guards who snooze, read the Quran or are seemingly too bored to pay attention.
Shortly after van Gogh's 1887 painting "Poppy Flowers" was stolen, museum officials discovered that no alarms were working, and only seven of their 43 cameras were operating. With those odds, stealing a priceless piece of art is like shooting fish in a barrel.
"The value of the van Gogh is $40 (million) to $50 million," Cremers told The Associated Press. "A complete security system of that museum would be $50,000, and to keep it running would cost $3,000 a year. ... Need I say more?"