EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 15, 2013

Londonderry police investigate painting theft

By Doug Ireland

---- — LONDONDERRY — Police are investigating the theft of an oil painting from a local business.

The scenic marshland painting was reported missing Wednesday from an art display at Coffeeberries at 4 Orchard View Drive, according to Lt. Timothy Jones.

Police received a call from artist Susan Hanna, who said she stopped by the coffee shop and noticed the painting was missing. She believes someone walked out of the shop with the painting while employees were busy.

There was no evidence of a break-in and nothing else was stolen, Jones said.

Police are still investigating the theft and do not have any suspects, he said. The painting was priced at $275.

Hanna said the 11-by-14-inch painting of marsh grasses and water at Fort Hill on Cape Cod is one of nine she has on display at the shop as part of an exhibit called “Greenscapes.”

Hanna, who is hosting an art reception at Coffeeberries tomorrow, said she just wants her painting back and has secured the others so they would be difficult to steal. Owner Christine Adie is upset about the theft as well, she said.

“Every piece is a work of the soul,” Hanna said. “I want art to make its way into people’s homes, but not this way.”

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Londonderry police at 432-1118.