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    Case No. RMW-001

    Stolen California Plein Air Collection

    (Episode: Palm Springs Hour 1)


    • Mt. San Jacinto — Palm Springs
      Mt. San Jacinto — Palm Springs
      Oil, by George Bickerstaff. 30" x 24".

    • Jim McCarty with a recovered painting
      Jim McCarty with a recovered painting
      The owner, Jim McCarty, was able to recover this painting in 2009, after his story was featured on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

    • Two Men at Sea
      Two Men at Sea
      Oil, by Warren Chase Merritt. 16" x 12".

    • Carmel Coastline
      Carmel Coastline
      Oil, by George Bickerstaff. 30" x 23.25".

    • Scholar/Athlete/Musician
      Oil, by Anna Cutler Webster. 17.5" x 25.5".

    Date of Incident 10/2001 - 7/2002
    Owner Jim McCarty
    Location Stolen from a storage unit in Cathedral City, California
    Missing 50+ paintings
    Status Recovered one painting in 2009 after his story was seen on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW
    Case Summary Jim McCarty had collected California plein air paintings for two decades before placing them in a storage facility while his home was being renovated. McCarty discovered his entire collection had been stolen after returning to his storage unit to retrieve the works. Determined to reclaim his beloved art, McCarty was able to recover several works on his own before ROADSHOW met with him in June, 2007.
    Resources Online: Jim McCarty's gallery of stolen paintings
    Online: The FBI Art Theft Program
    Online: The Art Loss Register

    Book: Stolen: The Gallery of Missing Masterpieces, by Jonathan Webb and Julian Radcliffe. Cameron House, 2008
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