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Painting stolen from UBCO campus recovered in Winfield area

A UBC Okanagan security officer and a Kelowna RCMP officer stand beside the recovered stolen painting. UBC Okanagan

UPDATE: Kelowna RCMP say a large painting that was stolen from UBC Okanagan last weekend has been recovered.

The theft happened sometime Saturday evening, when the painting was left outside on campus grounds to dry. The artwork was around five feet tall and weighed around 100 pounds.

“A suspect vehicle was captured on CCTV during the theft, which was observed later in the day and reported to police,” said the RCMP.

“Officers were able to quickly track down the vehicle and a suspect. Police recovered the stolen property, at a residence located on Chase Road in the Winfield area, which has since been returned to its rightful owner.”

Police made no mention if an arrest was made.

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

A piece of art was stolen earlier this month, and UBC Okanagan is seeking the public’s help in getting it returned.

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The local university says a student was working on a five-foot-tall painting outside the Innovation Precinct 1 building along Innovation Drive.

The 40-inch by 60-inch painting was left outside in a loading area to dry on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 10. The next afternoon, the student reported it missing.

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UBCO says it has security images of a grey pickup truck at 10:30 p.m.

“Other video scans have determined the painting was in the rear box of the truck as it drove through the UBCO campus,” said the university.

The painting weighs around 100 pounds and has painted chrome and neon paint as well.

“The artist would really like the piece returned as it is part of a group he is working on,” said the university.

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If you have any information regarding this theft, you’re asked to email UBCO community safety officer Robyn Boffy at robyn.boffy@ubc.ca.

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