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Thieves escape with valuable artwork

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Thieves escape with valuable artwork

By DON PEAT, Toronto Sun

This painting by Eric McCully is one of four stolen from a west-end gallery.
Toronto Police hope to paint two alleged art thieves into a corner after they made off with $14,100 in artwork from a west-end gallery.

Four paintings were stolen Friday night after two men broke into Canvas Art Gallery, pulled the art off the wall and walked out the fire door with the goods.

Police responded to the Dupont St. gallery, between Ossington Ave. and Dufferin St., but there was no sign of the alleged thieves.

The artists of the stolen artwork are Stephen Gillberry, Michael Minthorn, Hugo Frones and Eric McCully. Each work is about 40cm by 60cm, police said.

Const. Tony Vella said officers are going through surveillance video from the store and the area.

“They are obviously very expensive items,” Vella said. “We’re urging people who may have information about where the items would be, should contact police.”

Cops describe one of the suspects as white, about 5-foot-10 with a white T-shirt and light blue jeans. The other suspect is described as wearing dark clothing.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1400, Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS, online at, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES.

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