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Woman Charged With Stealing Over $30,000 Worth of Art From Blind Man
by Max Nesterak

You don’t steal from old blind people … it’s a thing.

You also don’t lie about it and then ask for a bribe and a getaway car. It’s immoral. It’s unethical, and, in Broward County, Florida, it’s against the law. These are some of the life lessons Maureen Stuteville is learning after being arrested and charged with exploitation of a disabled elderly adult for stealing (allegedly) over $30,000 worth of art from the man she was the caretaker for (well, more taker than carer).

The Sun Sentinal reported Gilbert Jackson noticed his painting by Op art-grandfather, Victor Vasarely, was missing (appraised at $30,000 - $35,000) early last month. When he asked Stuteville where it was, she told him it was in Boca. Then she came clean and offered to give the art back to him for $3,000 and a car (which from a market value standpoint is offensive).

Jackson recruited his friends for help who found a receipt that led them to a gallery in Dania Beach. Turns out, Stuteville was a regular. The owner told police she came in almost every week with things to sell, saying she needed the money to help her cancer-ridden father move to a retirement home (for those of you keeping track, that’s at least Stuteville’s 4th strike against the good lord).

Stuteville is currently being held on $10,000 bond while she awaits her first court hearing on Wednesday. As of yet, Jackson’s art has not been returned to him.

In other art thievery news (only this time the old man is the thief), Bavaria is trying to pass a law eliminating the statue of limitations applied to stolen property in order to return the Nazi-looted art found in Cornelius Gurlitt’s apartment to its rightful owners. 

Posted by Max Nesterak on 1/9/14 | tags: stolen art thief victor vasarely dania beach maureen stuteville

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