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Suspect arrested for Van Gogh sketch theft

Sept. 23, 2010 at 5:35 PM   |   Comments

UNDERHILL, Vt., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Edward Laird, a suspect in the theft and sale of a sketch by Vincent Van Gogh, has been arrested at a Vermont campground, police said.

The drawing Van Gogh made of his painting "The Night Cafe" was taken from a home in Santa Fe, N.M.

WPTZ.com reported authorities apprehended Laird in Underhill, Vt., after a caller tipped off state police that he was behaving strangely. It was then discovered there were outstanding warrants for Laird's arrest.

Vermont State Police said they recovered stolen items such as knives, deer wall mounts, binoculars and firearms when they arrested Laird, who is to appear in court early next month, the report said.

"Didn't seem to be all that bothered that he had warrants from other states and Vermont," Game Warden Tom Cook told WPTZ.com. "And (he) was willing to pay the bail so he could be on his merry way. ... He was very cooperative. ... He indicated that the items he had in his possession he had bought at a lawn sale."

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