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Police seek help finding art thief

Police seek help finding art thief

May 08, 2010 06:00 am | By Ryan Tumilty | St. Albert Gazette
The RCMP is looking for help finding art thieves who took a set of paintings from a vehicle last month.

The paintings were left in the trunk of a vehicle parked at Red Willow Park near Boudreau and Sturgeon roads on April 25 between 5:15 p.m. and 6 p.m.

During that time, someone broke into the vehicle’s trunk and took four pieces of art worth about $500.

St. Albert RCMP Cpl. Laurel Kading said officers usually recommend people lock valuables away in their trunk out of sight, but in this case that didn’t deter the thief.

“It was broken into and it is unusual to see something like that happen.”

Kading said the thief didn’t break into the rest of the vehicle, but police can’t say for certain if it was a random or targeted theft.

The four pieces of art include; Winter on the Farm and Winter Woods by Ardath Buckaway, as well as Good Food No Crowds by Jack Tessier and Duck Lake in Summer II by Diane Stone.

The RCMP is looking for anyone who might have been near the parking lot or seen anything suspicious in the area.

Kading said any information would be useful and they would also like people in the art world to keep an eye out for the paintings.

Anyone who may have witnessed the theft is being asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the St. Albert detachment at 780-458-7700.

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