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Segment 3 (Masterpiece Thievery) #497862

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 13, 1978
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(Studio) Report on big business of art thievery.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(NYC) Mob theft of Winslow Homer's painting "The Whittling Boy" from Malden, Massachusetts, library in 1975 and library's payment of ransom for painting outlined; video tape shown of painting-money exchange in Boston was made by private detective agency. [Library trustee Harry REINERZ - cites art world fears that art thievery will increase because of its profitability.] Art theft cases broken by FBI in Buffalo and Tucson noted; involved are Rembrandt's "The Rabbi" stolen in Bayonne, France, and conviction of Detroit Mafia boss Peter Licavoli. Theft from Saint Louis Art Museum this yr. noted. Lack of police training in art thefts described. [Saint Louis police sergeant George HOLLOCHER - admits police don't know about art.] NYC police department has one detective assigned to investigate art thefts. [NYC detective Robert VOLPE - cites attitude of public toward art and art thefts.] Lack of comprehensive information on art thefts and refusal of art museum spokesperson to discuss problem detailed; Metropolitan Museum of Art's claim that it hasn't had theft in years mentioned. Info. learned re: theft of painting by Andrew Wyeth, during Met exhibit of Wyeth works last year, noted. Painting by Monet mentioned.
REPORTER: Brian Ross

(Studio) Met's admission of theft of Wyeth painting reported.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Ross, Brian;
Savitch, Jessica

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