25 August 2010, 00:00
Police in Medway are appealing for information after two paintings worth almost £1000 each were stolen from the Francis Iles art gallery in Rochester.
The theft happened at about 1pm on Tuesday 17 August. A man was seen to leave the shop carrying two pieces of artwork and was confronted by a member of staff. Once the man was stopped in the street he fled the scene.
He is described as 5’8’’ tall, medium build, 55-60 years old with long grey hair that was tied back in a ponytail. He was wearing a black trilby style hat and a black three quarter length leather jacket. He was also wearing a white t-shirt, black trousers and black shoes.
The two paintings were of steam trains and would appeal to railway enthusiasts; one was valued at £900 and the other at £950.
Detective Constable Amanda Neimer said: ‘The paintings belonged to the artist, who is obviously very keen to get them back into her possession. It was a busy time of the day in Rochester so we believe someone must have seen this man leaving the shop after the paintings were stolen. We would like to hear from anyone who saw a man matching the description as we would like to speak to them about the incident.’
Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Kent Police in Medway on 01634 792537 quoting crime reference number DY/013020/10. Alternatively call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.