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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 13, 2007

Police seek Picasso art thieves

Bellevue Police are on the hunt for two men and a woman who stole two Pabo Picasso etchings from an art gallery in the Bellevue Square Mall Wednesday. The etchings – “Bacchic Scene with Minotaur” and “Aquatinte 26 Mai 1968 III” – are valued together at an estimated $93,000.

Sketch and video stills of female suspect in Picasso thefts.

At about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, a woman entered the Martin Lawrence art gallery and  spoke with the clerk in one area of the store. Within moments, two men entered the gallery and moved directly to the two signed etchings. After disconnecting the security system somehow, they took the etchings from the wall and left the store without being observed by the employee. The woman departed shortly after, and the sales clerk noticed the art was missing.

Bellevue Police were called to investigate the theft. The clerk was able to provide a detailed description of the woman, and Police have a composite sketch of the suspect as well as some security video stills. She is white or possibly Hispanic, about 25, 5-3, 130 pounds with dark eyes, a dark complexion and dark hair.

Video from inside the mall confirmed the woman was with the two male suspects, and at one point she could be seen holding hands with one of them. Some of the video and additional physical evidence are being withheld to be used in positively identifying the suspects later.

Anyone with any information regarding the identity of the suspects, the location of the art or the crime itself is asked to call the Bellevue Police Department.

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450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Officer Seth Tyler
Phone: 425-452-4129
E-mail: bellevuepd@bellevuewa.gov

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