November 19 2015

Stolen Paintings Recovered in Burlington

By: Rich Hosford

A couple of paintings stolen from a business in Maine that were the subject of an FBI investigation turned up in Burlington. 


The FBI, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine, and the Portland Police Department announced on Thursday that two of six N.C. Wyeth paintings that were stolen from a Portland, Maine businessman in 2013 had been recovered. The other four had already been recovered and three people have been arrested, the Portland Press Herald reports


The last two paintings, found in Burlington, are identified as “The Encounter on Freshwater Cliff” and “Go Dutton, and That Right Speedily.” To date, no reward money has been requested and no additional arrests have been made, the FBI states. The investigation into the theft remains active and ongoing.


The FBI did not say where in Burlington the paintings were found. The agency said they recovered both of the paintings on Friday, October 9, 2015, when a third party surrendered them to retired FBI agent Jim Siracus. That individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, directed Siracusa to turn the artwork over to the FBI. 


The value of the paintings in uncertain but there had been a $20,000 award for the last two that were missing.


The paintings were recovered in good condition and will now be displayed in a special exhibit by the Portland Museum of Art. 


“Go Dutton, and That Right Speedily” (courtesy photo)



“The Encounter on Freshwater Cliff” (courtesy photo)

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