New Brunswick

Bathurst police search for thief after $10K painting stolen

The Bathurst police are looking for a stolen painting taken after fire destroyed Cafe Gourmet and several other buildings in Bathurst on Nov. 27, 2015.

A painting worth $10,000 was stolen after a downtown cafe was burned to the ground

Bathurst Police are looking for this painting, valued at $10,000 (Bathurst Police)

The Bathurst police are looking for a stolen painting taken after fire destroyed Cafe Gourmet and several other buildings in Bathurst on Nov. 27, 2015.

Several buildings, housing businesses and apartments in Bathurst were damaged beyond repair on November 28, 2015 (Bridget Yard/CBC)
The painting is worth approximately $10,000 and depicts a man sitting in a cafe, reading a newspaper.

Graziella Matteau, a local artist, lost her paintings to the fire in November, as well.

They were being displayed as an exhibit in the popular downtown restaurant and were destroyed during the blaze.

The Office of the Fire Marshal completed its investigation into the fire in December.

The cause of the fire is still undetermined, since there was insufficient evidence due to extensive damage.

Painter Graziella Matteau lost work on display in the Bathurst fire, but says she'll use the experience for her next work. (CBC)
Two downtown buildings were completely destroyed and have been torn down, including Cafe Gourmet and a small pet shop. 

Two other structures were damaged by flames, smoke and water.

The fire remains suspicious.

The Bathurst police have asked anyone with information regarding the fire, or the whereabouts of the missing painting, to call the force or Crime Stoppers.


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