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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Stolen Art Watch, L.A. Art Heist, Maid's Connection to Gangs Holds the Key !!

Reward offered for return of stolen art in LA
LOS ANGELES (Map, News) - A $200,000 reward was offered Tuesday for the return of as many as 12 paintings by Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera and other masters that were stolen from a San Fernando Valley home.

The stolen paintings were worth millions of dollars, said Los Angeles police Detective Donald Hrycyk. who did not have an exact value. It could be difficult for thieves to sell the works without proof of their authenticity.

The owners were offering the reward for information leading to the recovery of the artwork and the capture of the crooks.

The paintings disappeared Aug. 23 from the home of an elderly couple. One of the residents, who is bedridden, was home at the time. The other was asleep, so neither was aware of an intruder, police said.

The thief entered the house through a service door and took the paintings from the walls of two adjacent rooms.

"Normally there would be people with the victims at the home," Hrycyk said. "If it is a dangerous stranger that just happens off the street, they were very lucky to pick the time that they did."

Nine pictures by Chagall, Rivera, Hans Hofmann, Chaim Soutine, Arshile Gorky, Emil Nolde, Lyonel Feininger, and Kess van Dongen were stolen, and three others appeared to be missing as well.

The stolen paintings were among a collection amassed over the past 60 years or so.

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Art Hostage comments:

On face value this seems to be a Gang related heist with the inside intelligence given by the maid.

Alternatively the thieves will use some of the paintings as collateral against drugs, possibly Gang drug dealers, and here is where the first break could come.

MS 13 are a notorious gang, but many other gangs operate in California.

I believe the paintings are still close by and the window of opportunity to recover the paintings will be open for the next month.

Then you have the six month window, then it will become years.

No doubt the FBI Art Crime Team in L.A. will be at heart of the investigations, however, it might pay to consult the L.A.P.D. Gang squad to see if they can come up with a break.

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