On the morning of Friday, January 18th, Joanie Deveney (also known as Joan of Art) pulled up to her True Art Gallery located at the intersection of East 156th and Waterloo Road. Joanie immediately witnessed that a small pane of storefront glass was broken. Concerned, she opened the door to find that the gallery was swept clean. True Art was ROBBED!
But this wasn't a common robbery. Instead of just grabbing the stereo or computer and bolting, this robbery was much bolder, much stranger. Everything was taken. Not only were all the paintings stolen, but also all the little name tags that indicate the name of the pieces and the artist. Now, fencing a stereo or computer makes sense. A stereo or a computer can get you $10 or $20 on the street. Fencing art is a much more difficult event. Who would buy such pieces?
Even stranger is that many of the pieces stolen were larger than the hole in the broken glass. But, both the front door and back door were still locked! So, how were the pieces removed?
Unfortunately, the gallery was not alarmed so we are having a hard time pinning down the time of the crime. If you have ANY information that may be helpful, please call (216) 623-5618 and report what you know! There is a $500 reward for information that leads to the return of the paintings. If you want to stay completely anonymous, call Brian Friedman at (216) 481-7660. He will take any useful information and promises to leave you completely out of it. We just want the art back!
A Plain Dealer article in the Metro Section provides more details. To read the article, click the following link: