Stolen 'Blue Dog' painting recovered, NOPD seeks thief
NEW ORLEANS - Hours after the bold theft of a Blue Dog painting worth thousands of dollars from a French Quarter art gallery, four men located the artwork only two blocks away on the street outside a hotel.
Surveillance footage from Tuesday afternoon showed a bearded thief walk into the Rodrigue Gallery on Royal Street and then walk out with a painting estimated to be valued at $250,000, according to the Rodrigue family.
WWL-TV reported the incident occurred around 3:15 p.m. in the 700 block of Royal Street in New Orleans. A spokesperson from the gallery said the painting, titled "Wendy and Me", was taken directly from the gallery wall.
At around 11:50 p.m. the same day, four men spotted two painting leaning against the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel near the corner of Royal and St. Louis streets, according to police. One of the men in the group recognized the painting as the stolen artwork, and the men brought the paintings to the the 8th District police station. The second piece of artwork was a stolen Rodrigue print.
Police are still in the process of reviewing the surveillance video, which can still be viewed on YouTube, and the art thief remains at large.