insider theft. Former art gallery employee sent to prison for stealing paintings

A former Salt Lake City art gallery employee who stole about $15,000 worth of high-end paintings was sentenced to prison Friday.
Robert Paul Tucker, 30, had pleaded guilty in 3rd District Court to one count each of second-degree felony theft and third-degree felony burglary.
Witnesses identified Tucker as being around the Repartee Art Gallery when the paintings where stolen May 3.
Tucker had worked at the Repartee Gallery in the Deseret Book store at 20 E. South Temple for “several months” in the fall and winter of 2007, gallery owner Jo Ann Warner has said.
The paintings, including seven prints and 10 limited-edition canvases are he work of Orem-based artist James Christensen.
Tucker, whose lengthy criminal history includes a string of retail burglaries, also was charged with stealing art from a medical office in Saratoga Springs and from the Canyon Gallery in Fruit Heights.
On Friday, Judge Robin Reese sentenced Tucker to one to five years in prison and ordered one of the terms to run consecutively to a zero-to-five-year term imposed in September in the Fruit Heights case.
No resolution has been reached in the Saratoga Springs case, where Tucker is charged with second-degree felony theft and third-degree felony burglary.
– Stephen Hunt

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