The Calgary Police Service (CPS) is attempting to solve a break and enter case that saw $500,000 worth of artwork stolen from a local gallery.
The art heist took place on Sunday, May 20, according to a release from CPS, with thieves targeting the Gerry Thomas Gallery on 11th Avenue SW and using a reciprocating saw to get in through the main door.
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Once inside, the suspects took roughly 30 pieces of artwork including paintings, sculptures, and photographs. They took an additional 30 to 40 pieces by breaking into a storage room adjacent to the building’s parkade, with the combined total of artwork taken estimated at roughly $500,000.
An additional $10,000 worth of electronics and alcohol was stolen from the gallery, and another $10,000 worth of items were taken after the suspects proceeded to break into a cafe that was adjacent to the gallery.
Photos of the suspects and their vehicle have been provided by CPS, the police believe the suspects visited the building earlier in the day to reposition security cameras.
Police are now asking anyone with information on the incident, the suspects, or the location of the artwork to contact their non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. The public can also leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, or online through their website.
Citizens looking to purchase art are asked to keep an eye out for the stolen pieces, many photos of which can be found either below, or by visiting the City of Calgary Newsroom for the full list.