The BBC reported yesterday that four people have been arrested in connection with the theft of five LS Lowry paintings. It seems the recent Crimewatch appeal may have helped lead to the arrests. The theft was particularly disturbing, as 4 men robbed the family, tied up Ivan Aird, and threatened his wife and young daughter before stealing five artworks. The most valuable work taken was this painting, the Viaduct, worth perhaps £700,000.
Five paintings by LS Lowry have been stolen at knifepoint. The works may be worth as much as £1.5m. They were taken from an art dealer’s home outside of Manchester. It seems the police have released images of the paintings and a composite sketch of one of the thieves. However, they have not put the images on their website. A police spokesperson said, “They must have known Mr Aird was an art collector and that he would have the paintings in the house.” The trick of course will be how the thieves can cash in on the theft.