‘Wizard of Oz’ art swiped from Coral Springs

Dorothy and the Wicked Witch of the West are clearly evident in the 3-D piece “Wizard of Oz” by Charles Fazzino.

What’s not evident is where the picture is now.

In at least the second theft of art in Coral Springs during the last two months, it was stolen from a home in Coral Springs sometime between Oct. 24 and Oct. 26.

Without providing an explanation, investigators say the Fazzino work may have been sold to someone in or around Lake Worth.

The original owner, who was out of town at the time of the theft, said she bought the piece for $1,590, but Coral Springs detectives say they found similar Fazzino works going for $7,300 on eBay.

Thieves heist local work at Coral Springs art center

Thieves heist local work at Coral Springs art center

Art isn’t only valued in the great museums of Paris and New York.

Somebody thought watercolors created by local artists were impressive enough to swipe off the walls outside a Coral Springs art museum.

“I’d like to say all of us are great artists, but none of us are Van Goghs,” said Teresa Kirk,…

Art isn’t only valued in the great museums of Paris and New York.

Somebody thought watercolors created by local artists were impressive enough to swipe off the walls outside a Coral Springs art museum.

“I’d like to say all of us are great artists, but none of us are Van Goghs,” said Teresa Kirk,…

(Lisa J. Huriash)

Some of Fazzino’s 3-D creations range from $500 for a small piece to $100,000 for a large original. His limited edition prints average $4,000 and something like a decorated football helmet is $5,000, according to an October profile of the New York-based artist in Westchester magazine.

As a measure of his popularity, the magazine reported that Fazzino’s name “is spoken in the same sentence as other hyper-successful commercial artists like Peter Max, Red Grooms, Keith Haring and Takashi Murakami.”

The most recent incident of purloined art may have some afficionados in Coral Springs feeling besieged.

Police said two pieces on exhibit — “Bluetooth” and “Goddess XX” — were snatched from the lobby of the Coral Springs Center for the Arts sometime between Nov. 9 and 11.

“It is kind of weird when you think about it,” said Mayor Skip Campbell. “Does it have us concerned? Yes, I hope this is just a temporary blip and is not a sign of a more underlying problem.”

Campbell was confident his city’s detectives would solve these art thefts.

“No matter what the value [of the art] is, we take it seriously,” he said.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the case call Coral Springs Detective Chantel Mears at 954-346-1218 or report an anonymous tip to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477 or go online to browardcrimestoppers.org.

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Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-coral-springs-artwork-stolen-20151209-story.html

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