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Japan. Museum theft. Stolen Umehara painting recovered in Okayama. Antique dealer arrested.

The Yomiuri Shimbun

OKAYAMA–A painting by renowned artist Ryuzaburo Umehara (1888-1986) that was stolen last year has been recovered after an Okayama antique dealer was arrested Friday on suspicion of knowingly transporting the stolen item, police said.

“Bara” (Rose), estimated to be worth 25 million yen, was stolen from Wako Museum in Kasaoka, Okayama Prefecture, last May. It is undamaged and is being kept in temporary storage at Kasaoka Police Station before its return to the museum.

According to the police, Takahisa Miyake, 65, is suspected of having put the stolen painting into his car in Okayama at around 4 p.m. Wednesday and to have taken it to a different location in the city.

Police officers found the painting at an unspecified location after receiving a tipoff from someone who claimed to have been asked to evaluate it.

The police arrested Miyake after the authenticity of the painting was confirmed and will investigate whether he was involved in the robbery.

Miyake has denied the allegations.

The 58-centimeter-by-45.7-centimeter painting was found to be missing from its frame in the museum at about 5 p.m. on May 25 last year.

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