Police Are Searching for Thieves Who Stole a $100,000 Chagall Print

Video footage shows the suspects carrying the print in the rain before loading it into the back of a car.

A band of thieves that made off with a $100,000 lithograph by Marc Chagall from a gallery in Manhattan are still on the run more than a month after the heist, police said Tuesday. Photo courtesy of NYPD

A band of thieves that made off with a $100,000 lithograph by Marc Chagall is still on the run more than a month after the heist from a Manhattan gallery, according to police.

Three people broke into Carlton Fine Arts’ location on Madison Avenue around 2:12 a.m. on September 25, police said in an emailed statement.

“Once inside, the individuals removed a painting,” police said. “No individuals were injured during this incident.”

The suspects fled northbound on the Henry Hudson Parkway in a tan or silver 1995 to 1997 Honda Accord with a sunroof and damage to the front passenger door.

The NYPD released photos of two of the suspects, a man described as having a light complexion and a medium build and a man described as having a dark complexion and a medium build. A description for the third person was not provided.

A band of thieves that made off with a $100,000 lithograph by Marc Chagall from a gallery in Manhattan are still on the run more than a month after the heist. Photo: courtesy of NYPD

In video footage obtained by WNBC, the thieves can be seen carrying the print in the rain before setting it on the wet ground and loading it into the back of the car.

The gallery did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Gallery owner Charles Saffati told Hyperallergic that the work taken was the seventh in an edition of 50 lithograph prints of Eve (1971).

“We had to put in an entire new storefront because we ended up putting security glass, we had to upgrade our alarm system. We added 24-hour armed security guards. It’s a tremendous cost for us,” Saffati told WNBC. “It’s unacceptable. It’s Madison Avenue, we need protection. We have the best police force in the world but their hands are tied.”

 

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