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UPDATE: Public helps track down suspected UW art thief, painting returned

UPDATE: Public helps track down suspected UW art thief, painting returned

UPDATE - 12/3/13 -

UW-Madison Police say tips from the public helped them track down a woman who allegedly stole a piece of art from Union South.

Police identified the woman as 66-year-old Hildegard Neujahr.

Officers say that on Monday, she admitted to taking the painting, but only to show her interior designer for color ideas in her home.

She reportedly told officers she thought it was artwork done by a student, and she thought it was OK to take it.

Neujahr was cited for misdemeanor theft. Police say she was very cooperative with authorities.

The artwork will soon be returned to its home at Union South.

Madison, Wisconsin - The UW-Madison Police Departing is asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who stole an expensive piece of artwork from Union South.

On Friday, November 22, Union South staff reported the theft to UWPD when they noticed the 9x12 inch painting missing from the wall within 1308 Gallery. It’s believed the artwork was stolen between November 15 and November 20. The artwork is valued at $700.

UWPD was able to capture the act on camera with a nearby security camera - a photo of the theft suspect is on the left.

If you have any information about this crime, or the identity of the suspect, please call the UW-Madison Police Department at (608) 264-COPS.

 

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