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Police: State AG probing case of stolen hospital art works; Man had Rockport artwork in his home, investigators say

Police: State AG probing case of stolen hospital art worksMan had Rockport artwork in his home, investigators say

By Paul Tennant
Staff Writer

 

Police said the state attorney general is investigating Paul Galzerano, the former Beverly Hospital official who was arrested after investigators found thousands of dollars worth of antiques, including a painting by a Rockport artist, from the hospital in his Groveland house.

However, no one is saying why the case has moved to that level.

Jeffrey Gillen, deputy police chief in Groveland, said the Attorney General’s office has taken over the case. He would say nothing further.

Scott Gleason of Haverhill, who represents Galzerano, also refused to say why the case has changed.

“I have no comment,” Gleason said this week when asked about the investigation.

Jill Butterworth, spokeswoman for Attorney General Martha Coakley, said the office does not confirm or deny whether a person is being investigated.

Groveland police searched Galzerano’s Groveland house at 281 Main St. on Sept. 30 of last year. They arrested Galzerano and seized thousands of dollars worth of art works and antiques that had been reported missing from Northeast Health System, investigators said. Northeast is the parent corporation of both Beverly Hospital and Gloucester’s Addison Gilbert Hospital.

The stolen items included three paintings, a large grandfather clock worth $10,000, several oriental-style, carved wooden room dividers valued at $3,000 total, and assorted furniture, said Gillen, who oversaw the investigation.

The stolen paintings recovered from Galzerano’s home included a seascape by Rockport artist Stanley Wingate Woodward (1890-1970). The incident sparked concern among many in the Cape Ann arts community regarding the status of works that had been donated to Addison Gilbert and were once displayed in the halls of the Gloucester hospital.

Galzerano, 57, was once employed as associate vice president of staff services at Beverly Hospital, but had left that job by the time of his arrest. During his tenure there, he supervised a major renovation, police said.

The receiving stolen property case against Galzerano in Haverhill District Court has been dismissed at the request of the Essex County district attorney’s office. Law enforcement officials have refused to say why the case was dropped in Haverhill court but is now being investigated by the attorney general.

Galzerano faces another criminal case that is unrelated to the items taken from Beverly Hospital. Next Tuesday, he is scheduled to begin a jury trial in Haverhill District Court on charges that he threatened two women who reside near him with a handgun.

Police never found a handgun on Galzerano or in his house. But last Aug. 6, he was arrested and charged with two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and threatening to commit a crime.

Police said he pointed a gun at a woman who went to his home to complain about loud music he was playing. When the woman’s sister approached him, he allegedly threatened that “he’d take care of her, too,” Gillen said.

Paul Tennant may be contacted at ptennant@gloucestertimes.com.

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