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    Default Okay, Here's One for You Armchair Detectives...

    Over a week ago, in Pebble Beach, there was a reported theft of millions of dollars in rare paintings. Here's the first story:

    http://www.montereyherald.com/search...ereyherald.com

    Right off, things didn't make sense:

    The missing artwork includes three pieces by G.H. Rothe, one by Pollock, one by Matisse, four by Miro, two by Rembrandt, one by Renoir and one by Van Gogh, they said.

    The artwork was uninsured, Amadio said. Their collection was so extensive that it would have cost $20 million to $30 million to insure it, he said.

    What kind of serious art collector doesn't have insurance? If you have that kind of money, then insurance is just the price of doing business. That or just buy a serious safe, Pebble Beach is full of those.

    Then we get an update:

    http://www.montereyherald.com/search...ereyherald.com

    A spokesman for two business partners renting a home in Pebble Beach who reported that 13 pieces of art worth $27 million were taken in a Friday burglary said the number of missing pieces has doubled as the victims inventoried their losses.

    Chris Marohn, spokesman for Dr. Ralph Kennaugh, a retired Boston radiation oncologist, and business partner Angelo Benjamin Amadio said the inventory was about 75 percent complete, and the number of missing pieces stands at 25 to 30 with a combined worth of between $60 million and $80 million.

    The victims said the artwork was shipped to their Sunridge Road home about two months ago as they made plans to buy land and build in Carmel Highlands. Artwork was missing from the garage and the main house at the residence, Marohn said.
    The garage? Who keeps their art in the garage?

    Then, it gets interesting-er:

    http://www.montereyherald.com/search...ereyherald.com

    They "Find" an extortion note:

    On Wednesday, framed pieces of art were stacked against walls in the main house, and other pieces were in packing containers in the garage.
    Richards said the men told investigators they found the extortion note in the home as they were going through the collection.
    "Apparently they found it some place they initially missed, or we missed," he said.

    The sheriff's spokesman said investigators are taking the ransom note seriously, as they are taking the whole case.

    "We are exploring a couple different scenarios," Richards said.
    Amadio said the extortion note was left in a part of the house where their two stolen Rembrandts had been
    Okay, so we have Professional Art Thieves...who leave a ransom note...somehwere that nobody can find it for two days.

    The Sherfiffs detectives were not happy that the victims went public without consulting them. Then the next day we read this:

    http://www.montereyherald.com/search...ereyherald.com

    The victims in last week's big Pebble Beach art heist and the Monterey County Sheriff's Office both said Thursday they were done talking about the case — for the time being.
    But they didn't fall silent before taking pokes at each other.

    In a prepared statement, Angelo Amadio and Dr. Ralph Kennaugh, who reported they lost up to $80 million worth of artwork in a Sept. 25 burglary at their rented Sunridge Road home in Pebble Beach, said they wouldn't do further press interviews or make statements about the case because of "concern that the investigation process could be adversely affected."

    The Sheriff's Office said in a press release that it would not comment on the reported art theft until a press conference early next week


    Then, after saying they would not speak to the press, they spoke to the press:

    http://www.montereyherald.com/search...ereyherald.com

    Just read it. It's like out of a comicbook.



    So the victims start taking shots at the cops.

    In their statement Thursday, the men said questions had arisen about "the delayed response of local law enforcement in Monterey County." They said the Sheriff's Office took the burglary report about 7p.m. on the Friday it happened, but did not send fingerprint technicians and detectives to the home until Tuesday.
    Their statement said an extortion note that contained a demand for money and threats to kill them was found at the scene "by the officers present."

    That contradicts information previously released by the Sheriff's Office, which said the purported extortion note was turned over to investigators after Amadio told the press about it.

    "The Sheriff's Office is concerned about statements and information released by others compromising the integrity of the investigation," its Thursday press release said.

    Sheriff's spokesman Cmdr. Mike Richards said he couldn't comment on the investigation.
    Then the Sheriff's detectives start to smell a rat:

    http://www.montereyherald.com/search...ereyherald.com

    Collectors named as suspects in Calif. art heist
    By BROOKE DONALD Associated Press Writer
    Updated: 10/06/2009 03:36:19 PM PDT


    SALINAS, Calif.—Two men who reported that millions of dollars worth of artwork was stolen from their California rental home are now suspects in the case.
    Monterey County Sheriff's Cmdr. Mike Richards said Tuesday that Angelo Amadio and Dr. Ralph Kennaugh may be involved in a "criminal enterprise," but he didn't go into further detail.

    Richards says they have been uncooperative and unable to produce evidence that the art exists. The men reported the theft on Sept. 25 at the home in the wealthy enclave of Pebble Beach. They say works by Jackson Pollock, G.H. Rothe, Matisse, Miro, Rembrandt, Renoir, Van Gogh and others were taken.

    They estimate their loss at about $80 million and have offered a $1 million reward for the return of the art.

    The men allege the sheriff's office botched the investigation.

    Okay, Carmel is full of art galleries. Gallery owners photograph ALL of their collections for insurance reasons. These guys cannot produce receipts? Photographs of the art? Hmmmmm....
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    $1 million reward on $20/30/60/80 million worth of art?

    I'm not telling them where it is until it gets up to $10 mil.

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    I don't think these guys thought it through. Who are they expecting to compensate them for their loss?
    Not the insurance company. It wasn't insured.

    Dumb, dumb, dumb.

    You see, the way to run this scam is to cut out a picture of a work of art, photograph it, and sneak it into your homeowner's policy with your other stuff and hope the insurance company doesn't notice.

    Big Screen TV $1600 {photo attached}
    Living room set $3200 {photo attached}
    Area rug $750 {photo attached}
    Van Gogh $75,000,000 {photo attached}
    Home Theater sound system $900{photo attached}
    Brass candlesticks $90{photo attached}

    Then you pay the premiums on it for a month or two, then you report it stolen!

    Geez! Some people...







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    They should hire Monk.
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    Someone needs a tax write-off.
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