5 Paintings Valued at $400,000 Stolen From Locked Boulder CO Truck
5 PAINTINGS WORTH OVER $400,000 STOLEN FROM LOCKED TRUCK IN COLORADO
It’s not uncommon that we hear that something has been stolen off of a locked truck. There is even the saying, “it fell off a truck,” to explain how someone got a deal on some kind of item. It’s also not unusual that we hear news of a major art theft, usually from a museum or a private residence. But what is unusual is to hear that there was a major art theft from a locked truck. But the unusual has arrived, unlike the paintings, with news that 5 paintings worth more than $400,000 were stolen from a locked truck in Boulder, Colorado.
TRUCK STAFF STOPPED OVERNIGHT, LOCKED TRUCK, PAINTINGS GONE IN THE MORNING
The theft occurred sometime between the evening of December 14th and the next morning. The paintings were en-route to a delivery destination when the transport company staff stopped for an overnight stay at a local hotel for the night. When they woke the next morning, they discovered that the padlock securing the truck had been cut and the 5 paintings as well as some tools had been stolen. The stolen paintings were “View of the Taos Pueblo” by Joseph Henry Sharp, “Laguna Pueblo” by Ernest Martin Hennings, “Untitled (Madrid Series #3)” by abstract expressionist Elaine de Kooning, “Burnett’s Barn” by representational painter Jane Freilicher, and “Taos Pueblo at Night” by Eanger Irving Couse.
POLICE ASK PUBLIC OR HELP WITH ANY INFORMATION ABOUT STOLEN PAINTINGS
Sharp, Hennings, and Couse are all members of the Taos Society of Artists who created works representing scenes in and about Taos, New Mexico. So far, there are no details where the truck carrying the paintings was traveling from or to. Police have asked that anyone who has information about the theft to help with the investigation. Was the theft an inside job, or an act of opportunity? More information about the theft from the locked truck seems likely to take some time to arrive.