Washington Art thieves rappel through gallery skylight in pitch black, only to make off with paltry $1.4K
Two thieves smashed through a skylight and rappelled down into a Washington gallery, and stole two large pieces of art. The perfect art heist, with one minor setback – the two pieces of art were valued at a paltry $800 and $600!
But, strangely, it seems that these two artworks were expressly targeted, with the gallery owner Jo Gallaugher explaining that ‘The pieces they chose are the pieces that are most often admired by men in their 20s’ – despite the fact that ‘I have far more expensive pieces in the gallery’. They, furthermore, would have had to work hard to get to those works, with the art having been moved to the front of the gallery because of water leaking in the back.
Gallaugher describes how the thieves must have considered stealing two other pieces – a 6-foot coat rack that artist Pat Tassoni has fashioned as the Space Needle, and a piece by Diane Kurzyna – because they had been moved from their usual places to a position next to the back door, before ultimately deciding on the Turner and Williamson pieces.
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