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Vancouver – Valuable art stolen from 105-year-old woman

Valuable art stolen from 105-year-old woman

Last Updated: Friday, July 23, 2010 | 4:27 PM PT Comments18Recommend13

CBC News

Surveillance video captured this image of the suspect. (Vancouver Police Department)Vancouver police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a suspect they say stole a valuable painting from a 105-year-old woman living in a rest home.

Police say an unidentified woman walked into a rest home on Vancouver’s west side at about 6 p.m. PT on July 14, carrying flowers, a black shoulder bag and a large flat box.

Police say the woman went straight into the 105-year-old woman’s room, and walked away with a Manet-style painting worth $7,500 and a photograph of the elderly woman at age 17.

Video surveillance shows the woman leaving the rest home with the box and shoulder bag, but without the flowers, which were left behind in the room.

Police say neither family nor staff of the rest home recognized the woman.

The theft was discovered several days later when a relative of the elderly woman noticed the items were missing.

Police say this photograph and painting were stolen from a 105-year-old woman on July 14. (Vancouver Police Department)The painting is described as a copy of a Manet-style Emil Zola portrait, measuring about 60 by 91 centimetres. The photograph of the elderly woman is a framed black and white picture, measuring about 22 by 30 centimetres.

Both items are of great sentimental value to the elderly woman and her family, police said.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set Caucasian woman in her early 30’s, about five feet six inches tall and weighing around 220 pounds.

She has shoulder-length dirty blonde hair and was last seen wearing large dark sunglasses, a black T-Shirt, black Adidas pants and running shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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