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Stolen Artwork: Have You Seen These?

Police ask public to take a look at missing pieces.

The Deerfield Police Department asked Patch to publish these photos of artwork that was stolen from the Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts.

Authorities hope someone will recognize one or more of the items and report the crime.  

According to police, at least six artists reported work stolen during Deerfield’s festival earlier this month. Vendors remembered securing the pieces in their booths the night of June 4 and discovered them missing the next morning.  

Officers are asking residents with any information to contact the Deerfield Police Department Investigations Section at 847-945-8638.

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The Deerfield Festival of Fine Arts featured 100 artists from across the country last weekend. It also seemed to have attracted a band of thieves.

Sunday morning, police were called to the festival grounds along Park Avenue and Deerfield Road in response to missing artwork. At least six artists reported pieces were stolen from their booths overnight.

According to a police report, a majority of the artists said they had secured the items in their booths around 6 p.m. June 4 and noticed them missing the following morning.

More than a dozen items were stolen, including a piece of stonework valued at $1,500, a rainbow mosaic valued at $290 and a female manikin with 75 sterling earrings attached to it.    

Several vendors told police they remembered a middle-aged woman with a Russian accent walking around to the tents with a clipboard and asking artists if certain pieces would be there the next day.

Police are continuing their investigation, and no arrests have been made.

Charlie Scott June 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM
No kidding. Just leave valuable artwork overnight with no security and you'll soon realize you're not in Kansas anymore.
Keith Sanderson June 14, 2011 at 01:05 PM
Well said Charlie.
Lee June 14, 2011 at 05:29 PM
My bigger concern would be the fact that the art fair was directly behind the police station and the theft still occurred.
Paul Doig June 14, 2011 at 05:47 PM
I can't believe someone actually found ART there to steal, all I saw was ridiculously priced crap!
Miller June 14, 2011 at 09:59 PM
What ever happened to the security patrol that was used the previous year, They patroled the event after hours.
kurt swanson June 15, 2011 at 03:58 PM
hire your own security. our cops have enough to do. carry a rider of insurance.
Lee June 15, 2011 at 06:39 PM
By this reasoning, Kurt, you think that everyone should hire security to protect their belonging. Does this continue to the homeowner? What about the stores in the area? The art exhibitors pay a fee to "rent" a space and, therefore, are entitled to the normal level of security. Also, by your reasoning, anyone who has anything stolen shouldn't be upset because they can be compensated monitarily for their losses.
kurt swanson June 15, 2011 at 06:44 PM
who ever put on the exibit show and collected money should hire security. i just got done putting on a show at the chicago bluesfest . we hired security and we had a rider of insurance to protect our equipment. are you sayinf Deerfield Police did not provide a normal level of security
Carol June 16, 2011 at 02:41 AM
let's be honest all deerfield police do is arrest teens for curfew.. I think they could take a night or two off two potrol the art pieces
Paul Doig June 16, 2011 at 12:08 PM
I am sorry, but the promoters of this event should have had security, and insurance. Personally, I have seen a lot of these Art Exbits here and in The Glen in Glenview. The stuff is way over priced and no one buys anything. I would be looking into the artist that reported loses, I bet they are involved with it. No sales and missing Art, not to mention the price tag charged to these artist to enter is very steep. In otherwords, I doubt there is anything really missing.
steve shay June 16, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Paul, An inside job? That's wild! Maybe these sneaky artists were behind 911, too.
M. Davis June 17, 2011 at 07:20 PM
Two points: 1. The Deerfield Police are doing a great job, and doing so discretely, if you feel their only job is arresting teens for curfew violations. 2. Take classes in English Grammar and Spelling prior to making you next post.
Debbie Netter June 21, 2011 at 07:16 PM
The promoter of the event hired a private secutity firm to patrol the festival both Friday and Saturday nights. It was the same company hired last year but unfortunately not the same guard. The security guard and company seem to have been negligent. There will be significant changes made to the security for the 2012 festival.

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