Antique painting stolen from Woolwich home, police say

Posted June 18, 2013, at 4:37 p.m.

WOOLWICH, Maine — The Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department is looking for help from the public to locate an antique oil painting stolen from a Woolwich residence in April or May.

The painting, which depicts Thatcher’s Island off the coast of Massachusetts, is of a clipper ship and dates to approximately 1870, a press release issued this afternoon by the sheriff’s department states. It is believed that the artwork was painted by or attributed to William Yorke.

The sheriff’s department received a report last week about the theft of an antique oil painting from a Woolwich residence, stolen sometime in April or late May of this year. Investigators believe the painting most likely would have been dealt to an antiques dealer with an interest in nautical art, or perhaps to an auction house or site in the New England area.

The appraised value of the painting will be withheld while the theft is under investigation. Anyone with any knowledge of the whereabouts of the painting should call Detective Adam Temple at 386-5827.

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