Art Framer Skips Town with Customers’ Collections

The owner of an art framing business in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, has allegedly made off with works entrusted to him by his customers, and it doesn’t appear to be a frame job.

According to Detective Captain William Jackson of the Ocean Springs Police Department, customers of Coastal Breeze Art and Framing on Robinson Avenue have not heard from its owner, Charles J. Thomas, who recently shut down the shop and may have gone on the lam, WLOX reports. People who had artworks with Thomas to be framed are concerned that the framer has made off with their prized collections. To date five complaints have been filed with the OSPD, but more are expected.

“Anyone that has done business with Coastal Breeze Framing and Art, we are asking you to come to the Ocean Springs Police Department and file a police report,” Jackson told WLOX. “If you have a picture of the items, we are asking that you bring that too, to add to the report.”

Located on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, Ocean Springs is a small community of about 17,000 located roughly halfway between New Orleans and Mobile.

The OSPD suspects Thomas has fled the Mississippi Gulf Coast region and are asking that anyone with information regarding his whereabouts call them (228-875-2211).

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