Art Thieves Wanted for Stealing Painting Worth $10,000 Off Gallery Wall in Broad Daylight: Cops

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Police are on the hunt for five bold thieves who stole a painting worth $10,000 from an art gallery in broad daylight, cops said. 

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The Warschaw Gallery in Los Angeles was showing a special exhibit of artist Neil Nagy's work from the past 20 years when officials said four men and one woman walked in from the back entrance shortly after the gallery opened, and walked out with a $10,000 painting.

Cops said the white and Hispanic suspects took the 6 foot by 3 foot painting, titled "Escondido," right off the wall.

Security footage captured the 18- to 24-year-old suspects fleeing for a block and a half before disappearing.

"I can't believe it," gallery curator Ron Linden said in an interview with KTLA. "It was so brazen, midday."

The painting, mixed media on canvas, was created in 2004, and Linden said, "it is a significant part of what Neil has done, and that makes it very important to Neil and to us in the arts community.

KTLA reported that both Linden and Nagy plan to take a financial hit in the loss of this painting, but Linden said he is sure the painting will be hard to resell now that its image has been circulated.

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Officials told that Detective Hrycyk and Detective Johnson of the Los Angeles Police Department's Art Theft Detail are handling the case.

A reward has been offered for the painting, and cops are asking anyone with additional information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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