Art Theft Law and Legal Definition

Art and cultural property crimes are known as art theft. Such crimes includes theft, fraud, looting, and trafficking art and cultural property across national and international lines. Art crimes are like stealing history. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has appointed a Art Crime Team of 13 special agents to recover the looted precious pieces of art and to bring the criminals to justice.

Additionally, the FBI operates and maintains the National Stolen Art File, a computerized index of reported stolen art and cultural properties for the use of law enforcement agencies across the world. U.S. persons and organizations requiring access to the National Stolen Art File can contact their closest FBI Field Office. And, international organizations interested in accessing the file must contact their closest FBI Legal Attaché Office.