Art of the steal

2 paint­ings gone from Queens bar

New York Daily News - - VOICE OF THE PEOPLE - BY THOMAS TRACY

A Queens bar got hit by an art­ful dodger who ripped off two prized paint­ings.

Cops are look­ing for an art thief who swiped two pieces from a Queens bar, paint­ings that had been given to the As­to­ria wa­ter­ing hole by a for­mer em­ployee, of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

The thief en­tered Wil­liam Hal­let, a bar and bistro on 30th Ave. near 36th St. around clos­ing time at 4 a.m. on Sept.16 and swiped the paint­ings.

Po­lice said the crook grabbed the art pieces from the wall and walked off with them.

Each paint­ing was val­ued at $1,500, al­though it was not dis­closed what the paint­ings de­picted.

The thief was caught on a sur­veil­lance cam­era leav­ing the bar. He is de­scribed as Asian in his late 20s or early 30s.

Po­lice re­leased a photo of the thief (inset) Fri­day in the hopes that some­one rec­og­nizes him.

Calls to the bar were not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

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