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The Ritz Carlton's Missing Rembrandt Turns Up In A Church

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August 17, 2011 at 10:49 AM | by | ()

Well, someone must have been paying attention when we sent out a plea yesterday to help the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey get their Rembrandt etching back.

The tiny portrait (it only measured 11" x 6"!) was finally recovered Monday evening—in the pastor's office of an Episcopal Church! What is it with scandalous pastors this week? Someone reportedly saw the missing artwork at the church and alerted the authorities. Though, to be fair, Father Mike Cooper hasn't been arrested, nor have detectives figured out exactly how the sketch traveled twenty-odd miles from the hotel into his office. Maybe it just needed some fresh air.

According to the LA Times,

"Deputies went to the property and recovered the drawing, which was positively identified by its owners, the Linearis Institute, [sheriff's spokesman Steve] Whitmore said.

Whitmore said detectives still plan to release a sketch and images of a person involved in the 'well-thought-out, well-executed theft.'"

You hear that, hotel thief? We've not finished with you yet!

[Photo: Irfan Khan / LA Times]

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