Tipster leads police to artwork reported missing

Aug 04, 2014 -- 12:00pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A tipster has helped lead police to an Alaska Native art piece reported missing from the Juneau International Airport. Detective Nick Garza said a woman called police Friday after reading about the silkscreen cedar painting in the newspaper. The artwork, representing the Tlingit Eagle clan, was on loan to the airport and reported missing in late July. Garza said the woman told police a man had shown the piece to her and others in an attempt to determine its worth. Garza told the Juneau Empire the man said he found the piece in the trees along a trail near the airport. Garza said he handed it over and said he was not a thief. The case was sent to the district attorney's office for consideration of possible charges.

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