Owners of stolen paintings sought

2012-11-16 17:35

Johannesburg - Eastern Cape police are still looking for the owners of paintings found in Port Elizabeth four months ago, a spokesperson said on Friday.

"Any person who can identify the paintings or prove ownership thereof is advised to contact their nearest police station," spokesperson Captain Andre Beetge said.

The six paintings, the value of which was not yet known, were found at a house in New Brighton in July after police received a tip-off about stolen property on the premises.

No one had come forward to claim them or lay charges.

Mzwandile Lebora, 37, was arrested and charged with possession of suspected stolen property.

He was due to appear in the New Brighton Magistrates' Court again on 22 November.

"The identification of the paintings would help us track down their owners.

The paintings might have been part of a house break-in or could even come from outside Port Elizabeth, hence this appeal to the public."

On Tuesday, four of five paintings stolen from the Pretoria Art Museum were found on a bench in a cemetery in Port Elizabeth.

The paintings are worth about R17.5m.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2012-11-16 17:47

    If I remember correctly, there was an Art Galary in Hartebeespoort, that some time ago, some big issues about paintings missing and the owner accused of irregularities by the rightfull owners when their paintings went missing, don't the cops try to link things like this and maybe find solutions to solve crimes in other parts in the country.... Just maybe theres a link ?!

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-16 17:49

    Well, firstly the owners have claimed on their insurance? So they do not want to pay back the money. Secondly, if the police did their homework, if the paintings are of value, the SA artists website has a list of missing paintings. Moreover, the police should call in experts to identify the paintings, and then they can be traced back to galleries who have sold them. Methinks, the first option is the correct one. Pity, I collect SA artists, I will have them anyday! One needs to identify the artists and then the values can be identified as well. Hey if they pay me I will do it for them.......

  • Fundile Lallo - 2012-11-16 17:54

    Just curious to know, if It is difficult for the police to take the thief back to where he stole the paintings ?

  • debduplessis - 2012-11-16 19:00

    again in PE??? are these the only thieves that appreciate art or is this a convenient dumping spot because lack of security protocols forming a weak spot to getting stuff out RSA quickly????

  • francois.botes1 - 2012-11-16 19:03

    These paintings were ill begotten and the owners wont pitch up.

  • JohnDough - 2012-11-16 19:23

    They have not identified the paintings yet they say they have a value of R17.5m while saying they have no idea of the value? I am very confused. Bad reporting.

      mmatshiki.mabuso - 2012-11-16 23:40

      The ones tht wre found in newbriton thy don't knw the value an the ones found in the cementry are worth 17.5m

  • mahoota.godfree - 2012-11-16 21:02

    no no this is not true guyz

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