TUCSON – Tucson police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they said stole a $1,500 painting from Etherton Gallery.
The theft occurred last Thursday just after 3 p.m. Surveillance cameras captured the thief’s every move.
According to the gallery owner, Terry Etherton, the suspect had a mission. The video showed a man wearing a dark polo shirt and jeans practically running up the stairs to the gallery.
He made small talk with the receptionist and then headed straight to the painting that is part of a traveling exhibit to celebrate ACLU’s 60th anniversary in Arizona.
The artist is Cheryl Berech, the painting is titled: Freedom from fear reprisal.
The cameras captured the suspect taking the picture off the wall, checking out something that was written on the back of the frame, carrying it under his arm and going into the main gallery.
There, he went into a separate room looked at some of the artwork there. He grabbed a price list, left that room and walked right by the wall where he had taken the painting from.
Within five minutes of the thief taking the painting, the gallery personnel noticed it was gone. They called Tucson police who came and took the report and video.
Etherton told News 4 Tucson, the most important thing now is to get the painting back. He added the show is traveling for another year in Arizona.
From beginning to end it took the suspect three minutes to steal the painting.
If you have information, call 88-CRIME.