The pen-and-ink piece, known as “The Judgment,” was taken from an exhibit in the lobby of the Hotel when a curator was distracted by another person, who appeared interested in buying something.
Steve Whitmore, spokesman with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said the theft occurred said “When the curator then turned back to the exhibit … it was gone,” he said. “This was well planned and well executed.”
The artwork is measures 10 inches by 6 inches, is dated around 1655 and valued at $250,000.
Newswarped thinks that the detectives should be asking more questions about the level of hotel security than who took it. If the cops don’t put the heat on the hotel then the insurers for the artwork sure will.
It has got to be the easiest trick in the book to distract a staff member by offering to buy something. Especially in California. It is a fool proof plan.
“We’ve got some very strong leads. I’ll tell you that,” Steve Whitnmore said when asked about how far police had got in catching the thieves. It is a pity the security wasn’t as strong as Steve’s leads.