The artist Vebjørn Sand on Tuesday had a portrait painting at a value of around NOK 300,000 stolen on the train from Oslo to Fredrikstad. on Wednesday a man in his 40s was arrested for theft.
– On the basis of a very good witness observation of a passenger on the train, we have arrested a man in his 40s. The witness contacted us after reading about the theft in the newspaper, and good local knowledge of the police in Moss lead to the case being solved quickly, operations manager Jon Erik Nygård of East police says to the news agency NTB.
The theft took place on Tuesday afternoon, and witnesses calimed to have seen a man get off the train at Moss Station carrying the suitcase of Sand. The suitcase is easily recognizable as it has painted a big “S” on it.
– Several witnesses observed what they described as a slightly scruffy man with a Harley Davidson leather jacket walk out of the train with my suitcase, an upset Vebjørn Sand says to TV2 News.
In addition to the painting, which is completely new and represents a famous Norwegian person, the suitcase contained numerous personal belongings, that Sand is very interested in getting back.
– If the person who took this returns everything to me he will get a portrait of himself made as thanks, Vebjørn Sand promises.
When asked who the police believe should receive a portrait made by Sand, Nygård responds that in this case it should be the very observant witness.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today