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News Release Friday, September 11, 2009
$1 Million Reward Offered in Connection with Major Art Theft Stolen Artwork Includes Original Warhol Pieces NR09445rf
Los Angeles: Between Sept. 2 and 3, 2009, a multi-million-dollar collection of original artwork by renowned artist Andy Warhol was stolen from the West Los Angeles home of businessman Richard L. Weisman on Angelo Drive. The stolen property included a collection of ten 40-inch by 40-inch pieces produced from 1977 to 1979 depicting famous athletes. A portrait of Weisman was also taken.
A domestic employee entered Weisman's home on Sept. 3 and immediately discovered the artwork missing from the dining room walls. She then left the residence and went to a neighbor's home where she called the police.
Accompanying this press release is a crime alert with details of the incident and images of the stolen artwork.
Photos of the paintings can also be found at the following link:
A reward of $1 million is being offered for information leading to the recovery of the artwork. Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call the Los Angeles Police Department’s Art Theft Detail at 213-485-2524. After-hours and on weekends, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247). Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to www.lapdonline.org and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD." Tipsters may remain anonymous.