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Harris art theft: CCTV pictures released of man linked to stolen artwork

Posted on - 25th June, 2013 - 5:03pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Crime, Preston News
CCTV images showing a man entering and leaving the gallery

CCTV images showing a man entering and leaving the gallery

Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to following the theft of artwork from a Preston museum.

The drawing of a pit bull dog, called Marley, was stolen from the Harris Museum & Art Gallery on Wednesday 12 June.

CCTV footage shows a man entering the gallery, walk towards a staircase, remove the pencil drawing from the wall, roll it into a tube shape and put it inside his jacket before leaving the gallery.

Marley, by Gary Wiggins, was being exhibited at the Harris as part of a Devil Dogs showcase

Marley, by Gary Wiggins, was being exhibited at the Harris as part of a Devil Dogs showcase

PC Adam Kelsall said: “To take this drawing in this manner was a very brazen act. It’s a very distinctive piece and I believe someone, somewhere is bound to know where it is.

“If anybody recognises the man in the CCTV I would urge them to contact police. I am also keen to speak with anybody who may have come across this drawing, or been offered this drawing, in the past couple of weeks.”

Marley was on display as part of an exhibition by local artist Gary Wiggins.

Alex Walker, Preston Council’s Head of Arts and Heritage, said: “We would appeal for any information about the theft of this artwork from the Harris Museum. Our security cameras have identified someone who the police would like to speak to, if you know this person, or have information about the theft, please call the police.”

Anybody with any information can contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

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