Montreal police looking for suspect in theft of $18,000 painting


PHOTO COURTESY SPVM

Investigators from the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) Division of Investigative Services are asking for help from the public to locate a thief of artwork.

On May 23, a man entered an art gallery on Sherbrooke Street West, between the streets of Montagne and Drummond. Once inside, he grabbed a painting and placed it under his coat before leaving. A surveillance camera caught the suspect coming out of the gallery.

The painting that was stolen is by Québécois artist Marc-Aurèle Fortin. This oil painting is in a frame sculpted with gold leaf and measures 8"x10". It’s valued at $18,000 and is listed in the Raisonné catalog under number H-1062. There is an inventory number attached to the back of the chart. This can, however, be removed without damaging the canvas.

The suspect is a white male, standing approximately 5-feet, 5-inches tall, with short grey hair. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing glasses, a grey goatee and dark clothes.

If you have information to identify and locate the suspect, contact Info-Crime Montréal by phone at (514) 393-1133 or online at infocrimemontreal.ca. The information will be treated anonymously and confidentially. To see video footage, click here.

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