Yesterday, we told you about the Banksy artwork that suddenly went missing from the exhibit in Toronto. The exhibit is called "Art of Banksy," and it's the largest display of Banksy's work in one place, valued at a grand total of $35 million.
Thousands have flocked to 213 Sterling Road in Toronto to view the world-renowned graffiti artist's best work - with the exception of one. Toronto Police have released details about the stolen Banksy piece that went missing from the exhibit on Sunday, June 10th, along with security camera footage of the thief in action.
Police say that they were called to the scene early on Sunday morning to find the "Trolley Hunters" piece missing from the exhibit. They report that at around 5:04 AM that morning, the thief managed to gain entry through a door into the exhibit. Then, he snatched the artwork off the wall and took off through the same door.
Here's the original photo of the "Trolley Hunters" piece, provided by Toronto Police:
According to the police report, the thief is described as wearing glasses, a black jacket, a green camouflage baseball hat, jeans rolled at the cuff, grey running shoes and glasses.
Surprisingly, the thief took his time in the exhibit. He wandered in slowly, looking around as if deciding which piece he wanted to take home. He disappears out of view for a moment, then reappears with "Trolley Hunters" in his hands as he sneaks back out.
The stolen "Trolley Hunters" piece is worth $45,000. Despite what happened, the "Art of Banksy" exhibit is proceeding as scheduled until July 11th. The show is nearly sold out, but you can still find tickets here.
As for the stolen piece, anyone with information is asked to contact the 11 Division Major Crime Unit at 416-808-1100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), or online at www.222tips.com.