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HAMMOND, Ind. — Police are investigating the theft of four large paintings valued at $51,000 that were being stored in a former bank building in northwestern Indiana.

Artists say they just want their paintings back
Friday, December 19, 2008 | 8:02 AM

HAMMOND, Ind. — Police are investigating the theft of four large paintings valued at $51,000 that were being stored in a former bank building in northwestern Indiana.

The largest of the paintings was 8 by 12 feet. They were part of an exhibition by some two dozen artists and had been stored in the former Mercantile National Bank Building in Hammond.

The paintings were discovered missing Wednesday.

Two paintings each by Tom Torluemke and Thomas Frank were stolen. Both artists say they won’t press charges if the artworks are returned or can be recovered undamaged.
Police say they have no suspects.

http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6564167

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