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Once lost, stolen Rembrandt found in Encino church

by Brad A. Greenberg

August 17, 2011 | 8:54 pm

A Rembrandt drawing worth a quarter million dollars was stolen from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Marina Del Rey over the weekend. Days later, an anonymous tip led sheriff’s deputies to an Encino church halfway across Los Angeles. It’s still unclear how the Rembrandt ended up there and what, if any, connection the thief had with St. Nicholas Episcopal Church.

According to the Daily News, the tip followed a lot of TV reports showing the drawing:

“They saw it, and then they remembered seeing this in a church in Encino,” Whitmore said. “I can’t talk about the church because that’s part of the investigation. There are no arrests. Nobody is in custody. All we were told is, ‘We think we know where this is.’ (Detectives) responded at about 6:30 (or) 7 o’clock last night, and there it was.”

KPCC has more about the drawing.

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