As Over the net has previously noted, theft is one of the classic memes in the main stream media art coverage.
Several art theft stories are chasing their tails around the newspapers at the moment, what with the FBI looking for the owners of a stash of pieces found in the home of a collector who turned out not to be what he purported (oh, come on, who hasn't pretended to be married to a member of the French aristocracy?) and a trial kicking off over a Cezanne stolen 30 years ago.
The true meme-y-ness of this topic was brought home to me by this:
... the section of the Guardian's website given over to art theft stories.