FBI seeks help to crack 35-year-old stolen art caper



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Agency’s Art Crime Team says one work of art found in dumpster, two others at a Manhattan art gallery, but case has been cold since

The FBI Art Crime Team is asking the public to help track down more than two dozen valuable pieces of art that were stolen from a private collector in 1983. 

The agency said two of the works were found in a Manhattan art gallery in 1985, and another in a dumpster on Staten Island several years ago. 

Otherwise the case is cold, and federal investigators believe some of the pieces could be in the hands of private collectors in the New York City metropolitan area — and who are likely unaware that the artwork is stolen. 

The collection was stolen from the home of the artist, Gregory Perillo, in July, 1983. The works were valued at $700,000 at the time, the FBI said in a release Friday.

The stolen items include sculptures and paintings. 

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The agency is asking anyone with information to contact the Art Crime Team at the New York FBI office at 212-384-1000, or email [email protected]. Readers can also notify the FBI through an online tipster link. 

Last year, an investigation by the Art Crime Team led to the arrest of a 48-year-old Queens man, Leon Zinder, who pleaded guilty to charges that he stole more than $600,000 worth of artwork from his former employer.

The FBI said Zinder was arrested after he attempted to sell the works at a Manhattan flea market. 

 

 

 

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