Po­lice hunt­ing for $200,000 in stolen art

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - NEWS - GRANT LAFLECHE STAN­DARD STAFF glafleche@post­media.com

Ni­a­gara Re­gional Po­lice have re­leased new de­tails about a De­cem­ber break-in in Ni­a­gara-on-theLake that re­sulted in the theft of sev­eral paint­ings worth more than $200,000.

On Thurs­day, po­lice re­leased photos of six paint­ings that were stolen from a home in the area of Ni­a­gara Town­line Road and St. Paul Road on Dec. 17. Po­lice have also re­leased an im­age of the get­away truck.

The paint­ings are the work of pop artists Alec Mo­nop­oly, Max Neu­tra and King Saladeen. Orig­i­nal works by the painters, par­tic­u­larly by Mo­nop­oly, sell at auc­tion for $10,000 or more.

Po­lice say they be­lieve mul­ti­ple sus­pects en­tered the home, took the paint­ings and fled.

De­tec­tives be­lieve the sus­pects left the area in a white, newer model GMC Sierra, a four-door pickup truck with a sun­roof and run­ning boards.

Of the paint­ing, four were orig­i­nals by the New York painter Alec An­don, known pro­fes­sion­ally as Alec Mo­nop­oly. He is an Andy Warhol-like graf­fiti artist known for his por­traits of celebri­ties and paint­ings of Rich Un­cle Pen­ny­bags, the top-hat wear­ing icon from the Mo­nop­oly board game.

Among the stolen art are two por­traits of ac­tor Jack Ni­chol­son and one paint­ing fea­tur­ing Pen­ny­bags.

Const. Phil Gavin said de­tec­tives be­lieve the house was tar­geted by the thieves, but they are still try­ing to de­ter­mine if the spe­cific paint­ings were the sole rea­son for the break-in.

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the theft and the paint­ings to call them at 905-6884111 ext. 9276 or Crime Stop­pers Ni­a­gara at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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