Art heist leaves tiny chair missing
Rockland — A miniature chair — 4 inches in height — was taken from Rockland's Dowling Walsh Gallery at 365 Main St. in mid-January, said police.
The arrest of the suspected culprit — Christopher Chandler, 33, of Warren — was made Jan. 22 by the Rockland Police Department.
Chandler, who was cooperative with police, claimed the medication he is prescribed affected his decision to take the chair, valued at $1,600. He also said he did not plan to sell the piece.
The piece was created by artist Rodney J. Hunt, and is a miniature replica of a chair designed for the Granville Hotel Ramsgate, circa 1870. The piece is made of pear wood, according to the gallery's website.
Rockland Police Sgt. Christopher Young said Chandler visited the gallery during normal business hours and took the chair from a display shelf when employees were not looking.
The chair was immediately noticed as missing and employees were able to give the police the license plate number of a vehicle Chandler was operating. The vehicle was not registered to Chandler, but police were able to link him to its use.
Through the license plate number and positive identification in a photo line up, police determined Chandler was the sole suspect.
The art was recovered and has been returned to its original display location, said a gallery employee.
Chandler is expected in court Wednesday, March 27.
Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at email@example.com.