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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Stolen Art Watch, Sunday Global Review, Everyday Bread & Butter Art crime

Thieves steal £25,000 worth of antiques from mansion house

Middlefield House near Cupar was targeted at some point in the past three weeks.

Thieves made off with £25,000 worth of antiques from a mansion house in north-east Fife.

Middlefield House near Cupar was targeted at some point in the past three weeks after the theft was discovered on Thursday.

Large bronze ornaments were stolen from the fireplace in the drawing room of the stately home, including a sculpture of a horse and jockey.

Two large painted vases were also taken by the thieves, which owners claim have sentimental value.

Fife Constabulary is investigating the theft from the home and are appealing for information regarding the taken items.

Commonwealth gold medal stolen in £20,000 burglary

Jewellery worth almost £20,000 including an antique Commonwealth Games gold medal was stolen in a burglary at a house in Bath Road, Thatcham, on Tuesday.

The intruders removed a door from its hinges to get into the house and stole a range of items with a total value of £17,800 between 11.30am and 12.15pm.

Among the pieces stolen was the antique medal which is oval, two inches long and one-and-a-half inches wide, a Breitling Colt Super Ocean watch with an orange face and a blue leather strap and a men's steel and gold Rolex watch along with the box and guarantee papers which have a stamp from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

ANTIQUES worth thousands of pounds were stolen in a burglary in Shepperton.

Images have been released in a bid to help trace the valuable items, that include around 70 ceramic Staffordshire figurines, (photo, above) antique silver candlesticks, and a silver candle snuffer.

The items, thought to be worth up to £20,000, were taken during a burglary at a home in Russell Road between 10pm on Monday (October 3) and 7am on Tuesday (October 4).

A silver sugar shaker, a carriage clock and a Georgian barometer were also taken.

Detective Constable Brett Harris, of Staines CID, said: “Many of the stolen items are collectables and I am appealing to the public, in particular collectors and businesses owners in the antiques trade, who may have seen them or been offered them for sale.

“These items are of great personal value to the owner who was understandably upset to have had them stolen and we are doing everything we can to try and recover them."

$23,000 Worth of Art Stolen From Castroville Home - Central Coast News KION/KCBA


A big Central Coast art heist. It's not at a home in Pebble Beach or at a gallery in Carmel or even in Monterey. It was at a mobile home in Castroville.

The Monterey County Sheriff's Department said someone broke into a home at the Monte Del Lago mobile home park and stole six paintings totaling $23,700.

Teresa Gilbert lived at the mobile home park for 10 years and said while stolen art work might be new to the neighborhood, robberies aren't.

"We have a lot of day time robberies, mostly jewelry, not so much artwork," said Gilbert. "I don't think there's that many people that have expensive artwork."

But somebody living here claims they did, and someone broke into their home while they were away to take it.

"To think somebody is that brazen just to walk right up and clean people out while their not home," said Gilbert.

Clifford Morrison also lives in the area and said crime seems to be on the rise. "There's been a lot of thieving going on here. Cars getting broken into and houses, and vandalism and a lot of painting like spray painting on the walls and cars and stuff and breaking windows," he said.

The victim told Monterey County Sheriff Deputies someone stole 3 prints by Peter Mack, 2 by Alex Pauker and 1 by Thomas Kinkaid.

And while high end art work may sound odd to you at a mobile home park, Gilbert said she owns some too and is now on guard.

"You get people that come to the door, trying to, you know, we want to clean your carpet or we want to do this or that, " she said. "They're looking around and you never know if it's somebody that's going to come back later."

The Monterey County Sheriff's Department said it happened between October 21-25 while the homeowners were out of town. Deputies said nothing else was reported missing and it remains under investigation.

Central Coast News talked to the manager on duty at Monte Del Lago, Thursday night, and she said she wasn't aware of this incident but would be getting in contact with the department.

Austria, Eighteen Paintings Stolen In Art Raid

The pros came at night, cracked the door, knew exactly what they searched for: Presto, they cut 18 valuable paintings from the framework, escaped unrecognized! The millions coup in Vienna: According to the Federal Criminal Police Office (case: 2688517) captured a burglar gang in a targeted operation in September the same 18 masterpieces at one stroke. Although the investigators deliberately conceal the crime scene, art experts come from a rich private collector. Alone seven masterpieces of Vienna star artist and enjoy Muse Soshana (84), but also oil paintings were stolen by Kokoschka-student Georg Eisler (1928-1998), Ernst Fuchs disciples EROL Denec (70), the Bregenzer painter RudolfWacker (1893-1939), or the Tyrolean artists Hans Joseph Weaver-Tyrol (1874-1957).

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