The FBI, United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine and Portland Police Department announced Nov. 19 that the remaining two N.C. Wyeth paintings stolen from a Portland businessman in 2013 have been successfully recovered.

N.C. Wyeth – father of Andrew and grandfather of Jamie — was renowned as one of America's foremost illustrators during the golden age of illustration at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century. He also was a talented artist and produced many paintings of the rugged coastal area around Port Clyde, where he brought his family to live during the summer.

The paintings are identified as “The Encounter on Freshwater Cliff” and “Go Dutton, and That Right Speedily.” To date, no reward money has been requested and no additional arrests have been made. However, the FBI’s investigation into the theft remains active and ongoing.

The FBI recovered both of the paintings Oct. 9 when a third party surrendered them to retired FBI agent Jim Siracusa in the greater Boston area. That individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, directed Siracusa to turn the artwork over to the FBI, which for months has been aggressively working towards its successful recovery. Both paintings were found in good condition, inside cardboard boxes and in their original frames.

The four other paintings that were stolen were recovered by the FBI in Los Angeles last December. It is believed to be one of the most significant thefts in the history of the state of Maine. To date, three individuals — Lawrence Estrella, Oscar Leroy Roberts and Dean Coroniti — have been charged in connection with this investigation. In February, Estrella of Worcester, Mass., pleaded guilty to Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property; and Roberts of North Hollywood, Calif., who used the stolen paintings to secure a loan from the Beverly Hills pawn shop, pleaded guilty, as well. Both were sentenced and are serving in prison. Coroniti, also of North Hollywood (and formerly of Boston), pleaded guilty to possession of stolen property in March and is scheduled to be sentenced in December.

At the owner’s request, the recovered artwork will remain in possession of the Portland Museum of Art for visitors to enjoy. The six paintings will be on display Saturday, Nov. 21, through Jan. 3 at PMA, 7 Congress Square. For more information about "The Great N.C. Wyeth Caper: Painters by America's Storyteller" exhibit, call 775-6148 or visit

The FBI has a specialized Art Crime Team of 16 special agents, supported by special trial attorneys, to recover stolen items and prosecute art and cultural property crime. The team investigates theft, fraud, looting and trafficking across state and international lines, with estimated losses in the billions. The FBI also runs the National Stolen Art File, a computerized index of stolen art and cultural properties that is used as a reference by law enforcement agencies worldwide.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or