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East End Art Thief Sentenced to 6 Years

Medford man stole $600,000 worth of artwork from Hamptons and Shelter Island homes.

A 24-year-old Medford carpenter from Guatemala who and stole artworks and valuables estimated to be worth as much as $600,000 total has been sentenced to six years in prison and five years probation, according to .

The art thief, Angel Palencia, had worked on at least some of the homes before burglarizing them, according to authorities. While Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said he , investigators said he did not implicate anyone else and maintains it was a one-man operation, The Reporter says.

Palencia was nabbed after he tried to sell artworks to a Southold art dealer, who learned the art was stolen and aided the police investigation, according to authorities.

Learn more at shelterislandreporter.timesreview.com.

Kim December 21, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Only 6 years? Really?

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