8/16/2011 10:53 PM
Authorities announced today that a Rembrandt drawing swiped from a L.A. hotel over the weekend has been recovered at a church 25 miles away.
“The Judgment,” a pen-and-ink drawing sketched by the 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt van Rijn, was swiped from an exhibit at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey Saturday night. Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Police Department, said thieves made off with the drawing while a hotel guest distracted the curator.
The person "appeared to be buying something, and that required the attention of the curator," Whitmore told Reuters. "As the curator turned away from the exhibit momentarily and then turned back, he saw that the Rembrandt was gone."
The theft attracted a lot of news coverage and police soon received an anonymous tip that the stolen drawing could be found at a church in Encino, a city about 25 miles from Los Angeles. On Monday, authorities followed up on the tip and discovered the Rembrandt drawing on church grounds. Owners of “The Judgment” later verified its authenticity.
Authorities aren’t naming the church or speculating what the drawing was doing there, though Whitmore did say the stolen work of art wasn’t hanging on a wall or displayed in any way.
So far, no charges have been filed.
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