Thieves Rappel into Art Gallery via Skylight

Posted on February 10, 2012

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Thieves gained entrance to an Olympia, Washington, gallery by breaking through a skylight and rappelling down into the gallery. They stole two large works of art — one valued at $800 by Judd Turner and the other $600 by Jerry Williamson.

The owner of the gallery said he could not believe how the thieves gained entrance, and that they took some of the lesser-valued items in the gallery. He explained, “In a way, it’s flattering that burglars would go to so much trouble.”

“My work has always been a big hit with the 13-year-old crowd that doesn’t have enough money to buy it,” artist Judd Turner said. “So now it’s a hit with the 20-year-old crowd that doesn’t have enough money to buy it.”

The thieves also attempted to steal a coat rack designed to look like a space needle, but they could not get it out of the building.

Read the full article: This art heist unlikely to be made into a movie.

Thanks to Kristina Bauer for her assistance with this post.

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