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Gallery owner uses Facebook, Twitter to locate stolen painting

Gallery owner uses Facebook, Twitter to locate stolen painting

John Hult
Argus Leader

A Sioux Falls gallery owner hopes her Facebook friends and Twitter followers can help locate who stole a piece artwork last week.

Tove Bormes, who owns Rug & Relic at Eighth Street and Railroad Avenue with her husband Steve, noticed a two-part painting called “Bubble Boy” from Des Moines artist Chris Vance was missing on Tuesday.

The couple had been re-arranging the gallery for the past few days, she said, and the thief or thieves replaced the two 12-by-12 inch canvases with two other paintings.

“Each one of us just assumed the other had moved the paintings,” she said.

Upon learning of the theft, Tove Bormes posted messages to the social networking sites Facebook and Twitter that included pictures of the stolen works and asked her fans to re-post the pictures in hopes of finding leads.
“I’m amazed at how angry people got,” she said.

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