Toronto police search for stolen art worth more than $50K
Art stolen from collector during hospital stay, police say
Police are searching for several paintings worth more than $50,000 after they were stolen from a home in Toronto's Yorkville neighbourhood last month.
A 79-year-old art collector had a number of paintings hanging in his home near Bay Street and Bloor Street West. Police say he went into hospital on Oct. 16 and died about a week later.
During that time, the paintings — which are considered valuable and cannot be replaced — were stolen.
Detective Constable Matt Fenwick says he believes it happened in the early-morning hours of Oct. 16.
"I wanted to get this out quickly because I believe the art community is an honest community," Fenwick told CBC Toronto. "If these things start turning up for sale, maybe I'll start getting some information."
Fenwick says there were no signs of forced entry, so he thinks the suspect was known to the victim.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 52 Division or Crime Stoppers.