No clues in theft of paintings from Stewart Square

No clues in theft of paintings from Stewart Square


Police are still searching for the burglars who broke into Village Gallery at Stewart Square on three separate occasions and stole Jeanne Coe’s paintings.

The first theft occurred Sept. 10, when three paintings were taken. On Oct. 12, early in the morning, five paintings were stolen. Then, sometime on the evening of Oct. 29 or early Oct. 30, five more paintings disappeared, bringing the total loss to 15.

Coe, the artist who owns Village Gallery at 308 W. State St., estimates the loss at thousands of dollars. There were no signs of forced entry at any time. Coe says, however, that other businesses have also been broken into over the last month, including an office on the second floor and Kryptonite, a new bar.

Rockford Deputy Police Chief Dominic Iasparro stated that art thefts are unusual for Rockford, and police are continuing to investigate. The paintings were not covered by insurance.

The first paintings taken on Sept. 10 hung on the walls in the lobby of Stewart Square. The seven paintings stolen Oct. 12, that hung throughout the main hallway, were valued at $85 – $900.

Paintings in the latest heist were valued from $500 to $750 and were part of Coe’s “Continuance” series, a forerunner to the “Dimension” series stolen on Oct. 12.

Coe is mystified as to who is stealing her artwork. “It doesn’t make any sense,” she stated. “Only my paintings were taken, yet there were others there. I can’t imagine what anyone would do with them. If someone needed quick cash, they certainly wouldn’t get it by trying to sell artwork.”

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