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Aspen po­lice sus­pect a fi­nan­cial mo­tive spurred the slash­ing of a $3 mil­lion paint­ing two months ago at a down­town art gallery, though they are not yet ready to ar­rest or iden­tify the per­son re­spon­si­ble, an of­fi­cial said Wed­nes­day.

As­sis­tant Po­lice Chief Bill Linn said po­lice are still “firm­ing up” the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, but they be­lieve the crime comes down to money.

“There are mul­ti­ple search war­rants still pend­ing and un­til we have the re­sults of those, we won’t know (the per­son’s iden­tity) for sure,” Linn said. “It does seem to be mov­ing slower than I an­tic­i­pated be­cause of the com­plex­ity of the search war­rants.”

Asked if the sus­pect was some­how con­nected to the paint­ing “Un­ti­tled 2004,” by New York artist Christo­pher Wool, Linn de­clined to an­swer. — Ja­son Aus­lan­der,

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