Vermeer's The Concert

Vermeer's The Concert

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Stolen Art Watch, Dilatory, Dibble, Police, True To Form !!

Lowry theft, Police raid photo !!



7/11/2007

FOUR men arrested over the theft of £1.5m of Lowry paintings have been bailed.

The men, aged 31, 36, 22 and 24, were arrested on suspicion of robbery following early morning raids across Tameside on Monday, November 5. They have now been bailed until February next year.

Several valuable paintings, along with a palette and paintbrushes used by Lowry, were stolen during a house robbery in Cheadle Hulme in May.

Detective Constable Chris Barnes from GMP's Major Incident Team said: “The arrests follow months of work by officers responding to information passed over from the public.

“We have had a number of people come forward, both as a result of the media appeals and the recent Crimewatch appeal. We would like to thank those people but continue to appeal to anyone who has any further information on this to get in touch.

“A £70,000 reward remains available to anyone who provides information leading to the recovery and return of these paintings.”

The paintings stolen include: The Viaduct, worth £700,000, The Tanker Entering the Tyne, worth £500,000 to £600,000, a pencil sketch of The Surgery, worth £38,000, a pencil sketch of The Bridge at Ringley, worth £45,000, a pencil line drawing of The Street Market, worth £50,000.

Anyone with information should contact the police on: 0161 856 2482 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Art Hostage comments:

As predicted by Art Hostage, this was just window dressing for public consumption, to show Police are doing their job, yeah right !!

Bailed until next February, 2008, time for these guys to commit more violent crimes.

O'h and we still have the Lowry's outstanding !!

Told you Police jumped the gun, rather than track the stolen Lowry's before arresting these guys.

Dilatory Police, true to form !! (leaves room in disgust, shaking head !!)

Below, Police doing their own road markings !!

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