PORTSMOUTH-- Police have arrested three suspects they say trashed an art studio and made off with some works of art.
Macarthur Kitt, 61, Calvin S. Vann, 33 and Willie Lee Riddick, 48, all of Portsmouth, were arrested and charged with burglary, grand larceny, and obtaining money by false pretense.
On November 28th, police were alerted to a break in at the Cliff Page Art Studio at 465 Primrose Street.
A family member of the owner contacted police after finding the business unsecure and in disarray. The owner was out of town at the time, and had left the family member to make routine checks of the business.
Officers discovered suspects had entered the business through the front door and had ransacked the main area, breaking several pieces of art work. Two large (approximately 4’ tall and 4’ wide) bronze statues were taken from the studio.
The art work was valued by the owner at an estimated $350,000. The bronze sits on a round base made of marble. Numerous ingots of iron, bronze, copper and nickel were also taken.
Police say that one of the large statues had been taken to a local recycling business. The recycling employees called police when the suspects left the unusual item for scrap. The item was recovered and returned to the owner.
The second piece of art (pictured in an attachment) and most of the ingots have not been located.
Anyone with information on the incident or the whereabouts of the items is asked to call the CRIME LINE at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.