Crooks get a little culture taking paintings, sculptures, jewelry

There are art thieves at large today looking for some place to put their stolen goods. And the same goes for crooks who tied up a guard and robbed a Puriscal jewelry store Sunday night.

The art theft was in San Pedro at the home of a relative of painter Rafa Fernández. Taken were six of his paintings. Also taken were three sculptures done by Ólger Villegas. Both men are famous in Costa Rican art circles.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the value of the stolen art works was 150 million colons or about $300,000.

Agents said the crooks deactivated an alarm and opened up an outside gate and then broke through a door Saturday night.

The judicial agency released photos in case some citizen might be offered a great deal on art.

In Puriscal, crooks made off with jewelry worth about 30 million colons, about $60,000, from a store in the center of that community. The location is within a commercial center where the guard was confronted and tied up.

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