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Toronto police search for stolen art worth more than $50K

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.

Art stolen from collector during hospital stay, police say

Police say the stolen artwork is considered valuable and cannot be replaced. (Toronto Police)

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.

One of several paintings stolen from a home near Bay Street and Bloor Street West in October. (Toronto Police)

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.

The stolen paintings have an estimated value of approximately $50,000. (Toronto Police)

"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."

Detective Constable Matt Fenwick says he believes the paintings were stolen in the early-morning hours of Oct. 16. (Toronto Police)

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.