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Art thief bought drink before stealing picture from Leeds gallery

The picture stolen from Gallery Munro House

The picture stolen from Gallery Munro House

Bosses of an independent art gallery in Leeds are appealing for help after a thief brazenly stole a picture that had been sold to a customer.

The screen print, showing a black image of a cyclist against a yellow background, was waiting to be collected from the Gallery Munro House near the city centre.

But it is believed a man walked into the York Street venue – formerly Leeds Gallery – and bought a drink before seeing his opportunity to take the picture from being the venue’s reception desk.

He walked out without being seen.

Gallery owner Matt Andrews said: “It was only when the person who had bought the picture came in that we realised what had happened.

“We have been open for three years and it’s the first time a picture has been stolen.”

The gallery has been hosting a Tour de France-themed exhibition called Cyclism.

The A1-sized print, which was sold for £150, was taken last Friday morning.

Mr Andrews added: “It’s not an especially expensive piece but it’s the principle of it. What’s he going to do with it – put it on his wall and look at it every day and think ‘I stole that’? “

Anyone with information can contact the gallery on 0113 2433266.

 
 
 

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