Jeff Smith 2:30 p.m., June 26
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Guilty Until Proven Innocent -- The Stealing Art Edition
I remember the funny scene in The Freshman where Mathew Broderick goes to a girlfriends house. There are armed security guards. The family is obviously in the mob. And, he sees a Mona Lisa painting and comments that it looks so much like the real one, with all the lines and cracks in it. She says, "It is." He looks confused, looks back at the painting, and she explains "Remember they had that touring exhibit with it on display? Well, let's just say, we now have the real one."
When I hear about theft of high priced art, I always laugh. It must seem like such an easy score to the thieves. And who can blame them? If you're gonna steal, why not grab a $20 million Monet.
The problem is...where are you going to sell it? Ebay? An art gallery? It doesn't work that easily.
I mean, look at Spielberg. Someone working at his house saw a painting. Googled info on it, and found out it was stolen 25 years earlier. I'm sure it was tracked down after that, to the person he purchased it from, and so on.
Unless you're going to hang a Chagall in your living room, and hire an armed guard, it's probably not worth taking. But, in L.A. the other day, some Diego Rivera, Chagall, and other high priced art was stolen. In broad daylight.
The most valuable is a Kees van Dongen oil.
The couple that had them stolen live in Encino. And...here's where my friends give me crap. Because, well, they're all idiots.
They hate when I say you should be "guilty until proven innocent." And here is why.
The theft happened when a maid, who has worked for the couple for years and years, went to the store. And, she left a service door unlocked.
In the hour she was gone, the paintings were taken from the walls of two rooms.
The couple was home at the time, but in a different part of the house and didn't hear a thing. If they had, not sure what they could've done. The husband is bedridden.
You can't tell me that this was a coincidence. That a burglar just happened to walk by, at the very time a door was left unlocked. And just happened to hit, probably the only house within miles, that had millions and millions of dollars worth of art.
If the police don't strap this maid up to a lie detector test, or waterboard her until she confesses...I say this couples family should get involved.
And go Charles Bronson on her butt.
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