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News Release

Thursday, September 3, 2020

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Recovery of Stolen Art from 1995 NR20220wc

Los Angeles: In January 1995, an art gallery in Los Angeles discovered that four high value paintings were stolen from their gallery. On November 9, 2019, LAPD's Commercial Crimes Division (CCD), Burglary Special Section, received information regarding one of the stolen paintings. A citizen reported the painting was consigned and on an exhibit at a museum in Buckingham Township, Pennsylvania.

CCD detectives identified the possessor of the stolen painting in New Jersey and contacted the local authorities. Detectives met with the possessor and assisting agencies in Pennsylvania. After a thorough investigation no fault was found with the possessor and the painting was voluntarily released to detectives. At this time there are no leads to the suspect or suspects involved. The remaining stolen collections are still missing.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact Detective Mel Vergara, Commercial Crimes Division at 213-486-6940. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to Tipsters may also visit and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu. Tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.