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Sculptures stolen from Breckenridge art gallery

Sculptures stolen from Breckenridge art gallery

Missing art pieces valued at $7,750

By Robert Allen
summit daily news

Breckenridge Police Department seeks the public’s help in finding the stolen items. Anyone who recognizes the pieces or has any information about the case is asked to call detective Jaala Cahill at (970) 547-3134.

People with information who want to remain anonymous can call Summit County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-453-STOP. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $1,000 for callers who help solve local crimes.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Burglars took two jellyfish sculptures from Fox Ridge Gallery on Main Street in Breckenridge early Wednesday morning.

“I feel violated,” gallery owner Johanne Picken said.

The glass-encased sculptures together are worth $7,750. The burglars apparently broke the glass in the gallery’s front doors at about 2:50 a.m. to gain entry, setting off an alarm that alerted the authorities.

Breckenridge Police Department did not release information about the crime until Friday.

The bigger sculpture is 15 inches tall and weighs 24 pounds. It was valued at $6,000.

“I’m angry because it’s an expensive, heavy, large sculpture that you can’t just sell,” Picken said, adding that both pieces are numbered.

The other sculpture is 8 inches tall and weighs about 10 pounds. Both have iridescent, pale-blue and green coloring.

Picken said this is the gallery’s first break-in in the three years she’s owned it. A neighbor who heard the alarm told her he saw two possible getaway vehicles: a dark-colored car that looked like a Chrysler LeBaron and a dark green pick-up truck with a white topper.

Elsewhere in downtown Breckenridge, a variety of burglaries have occurred this year. Mountain Outfitters on Ridge Street was burgled three times before a man was arrested in March.

Christy Sports on Main Street was burgled in early June, and the former Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream kiosk on Main Street was broken into in January.

Last fall, Breckenridge police reported a significant increase in residence and vehicle break-ins. The department responded to at least 20 such incidents between August and November — more than double the previous year’s number, according to a previous report.

The two Moon jellyfish pieces at Fox Ridge Gallery were crafted by Richard Satava, an artist in Chico, Calif.

Picken said the larger one had prominent placement in the gallery.

“Everybody stops and looks at it. It was my show stopper,” she said. “And somebody had the gall to break the window and steal it.”

SDN reporter Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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