Thieves break into Kelowna gallery, escape with $70,000 worth of artwork – Summerland Review
Nearly $70,000 worth of artwork was stolen from Gallery 421 in Kelowna after two men broke into the building at 1:58 a.m. on Saturday morning (January 15).
The thieves broke into the gallery, located at 560 Raymer Avenue, using a yellow crowbar before escaping with 11 works of art.
Camera footage indicates the heist ended at 2:02 a.m.
Gallery owner Kelly Hanna told Black Press that Kelowna RCMP are currently looking for the two people who set off the building’s alarm early Saturday morning.
“The police were really good, no one was hurt and the gallery is intact,” she said.
The first man is identified as a medium-sized individual, 5’10”, wearing a gray hoodie, blue pants and white shoes. The other thief is tagged as a 5ft 6in man, who was seen wearing a dark hoodie and black Adidas shoes.
Hanna says the stolen art weighs a total of 315 pounds.
Saturday’s robbery marks the second time in as many years that Gallery 421 has been the subject of such an incident.
In January 2020, the gallery’s main computer was stolen after thieves broke in by smashing the glass in the front door.
Hanna, along with fellow gallery owner Ken Moen, is offering a $1,000 reward to anyone who shares information with police that would lead to the eventual arrest of Saturday’s thieves.
“This type of activity is not fun for anyone and we would like to reward someone who could provide information,” Hanna said.