The Aboriginal art heist made the China Post.

Seven historic Aboriginal paintings were stolen Tuesday from an Australian museum then recovered hours later after the thief apparently changed his mind and dumped them in a park, police said.

The paintings, valued at more than US$460,000 (euro290,000) by officials at the Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery, were undamaged.

The thief broke into the museum in the northern city of Darwin before dawn and took six paintings from the early days of the Papunya Tula movement — an artists’ collective in central Australia credited with creating a modern Aboriginal style that is now world renowned — and a seventh of a central Australian landscape.