Suspects sought in a statue heist

More than $25,000 in art was stolen when two bronze statues were taken from an art gallery at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa, a Douglas County sheriff's deputy reported.

The statues, from the artist Erte, were stolen from Galeria Noir within MontBleu sometime during the late hours of Jan. 19 or early hours of Jan. 20, the deputy reported.

One of the statues is named "Beauty and the Beast," 16.5 inches tall, while the other has the moniker of "Woman and Satyre," 16 inches tall.

"They were both really, really striking pieces," said an employee at the gallery.

Security cameras taped two men who likely committed the burglary. Both were described as Hispanic adults, with one about 35 years old, 5-feet-10-inches tall and about 200 pounds.

The man had black hair, a black goatee, a brown ski-type parka, black pants and shoes and carrying a black bag with a shoulder strap.

The other man is described as 35 to 40 years old, 5-feet-11-inches tall and about 200 pounds. He had black hair parted in the middle and wore eyeglasses, a black trench coat, blue pants and a multi-colored T-shirt.

The men left the casino in a silver 2007 Chevy Trailblazer with a roof rack.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office at (775) 586-7275.


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