Dog Art Swiped in Colorado Gallery Smash-and-Grab

On the evening of July 27, a reckless art thief or group of thieves chucked a wrought iron bench through the glass facade of the 4th Street Gallery in Loveland, Colorado, and made off with a single artwork: a photograph of a dog lying in the sun. The work, titled Lazy Morning, was a photo printed on canvas by local artist Ron Sweetin, one of three artists whose works are currently on view in the city-run gallery, according to the Reporter-Herald.

“In all my 31 years of living here, I’ve never had anything like this happen at any of my shows,” Sweetin told the Reporter-Herald. “What was so ironic is when they jumped in, they saw my candy dish, took one of my candies, put it in their mouth as they were coming out, and threw the wrapper on the sidewalk.”

This was not the only unusual behavior displayed by the perpetrator or group of perpetrators. Sweetin claims the culprit first moved a group of magazine racks from the nearby corner of Fourth Street and Lincoln Avenue to the front of the gallery. Then they went for the bench that was sitting outside the neighboring Canyon Collectables Antique and Flea Market and threw it through the window. It wasn’t until 7 a.m. on the morning of July 28 that a Loveland city worker who was out watering plants came across the smashed gallery and called Sweetin.

The 24-by-35 canine portrait has been valued at $390, while another photo damaged in the brazen heist was said to be worth $30. The Loveland Police Department’s investigation is ongoing.

“It really surprises me that someone would be this callous,” Sweetin said. “It’s kind of like losing a friend.”

Clearly, between these heartless thieves and the Loveland artist, there’s no love lost.

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