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4-decade-old art heist reinvestigated in Florida

SARASOTA, Florida (AP) - A Sarasota County Sheriff's detective is reinvestigating a 4-decade-old heist at a religious-themed museum.

On April 16, 1969, 15 paintings depicting Jesus and the Stations of the Cross by artist, illustrator and author Ben Stahl were stolen from his museum in Sarasota, along with other art and jewelry. Valued at $1.5 million, the paintings were never recovered.

Now, Detective Kim McGath is delving back into the unsolved mystery.

Stahl, who died in 1987, was an artist for the Saturday Evening Post. He also wrote and illustrated "Blackbeard's Ghost," which was made into a 1968 Walt Disney film.

After illustrating the Stations of the Cross for a special edition Bible, Stahl painted the images in large scale and opened a museum in Sarasota to showcase the works.


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