Photographs Worth $105K Stolen from MoMA PS1 — and Then Mysteriously Mailed Back
New York City police want to question a woman whom they say mailed stolen art back to MoMA PS1 just days after it vanished
The New York City Police Department wants to question a woman whom they say mailed stolen art back to MoMA PS1 just days after it vanished.
Two photographs — estimated to be worth more than $105,000 dollars — were part of the exhibit Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting. The photos were first discovered missing on Oct. 30. There were no signs of forced entry into the museum, in Queens, and authorities had no leads. The theft was not caught on video, and there appeared to be no witnesses.
But despite scant evidence, the photos have since been recovered. According to the NYPD, the pictures were anonymously mailed back to the museum on Nov. 3.
There was no damage to the photos, and police recovered no note of explanation. Authorities traced the package back to a Brooklyn shipping store.
Surveillance video appears to show a young woman wearing a dark cap, glasses and black overcoat entering the shipping store. She was carrying a large FedEx box. Authorities allege that the photographs were inside.
On Sunday, the NYPD released the surveillance video and asked for the public’s assistance in identifying the woman. The burglary’s motive was unclear.
An NYPD spokesperson tells PEOPLE that no arrest has been made, but that the case is still under investigation.
An after-hours call to the museum was not immediately returned.